Klein, Raulff, Blumenbach Win Leipzig Prizes

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The 2010 Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse (Leipzig Book Fair Prize) for fiction, non-fiction and translation were announced last week. Five titles per category were selected for the longlist by seven editors and literary critics. As reported by the Goethe-Institut, (which also supplied the descriptions below) this year’s winners were: For fiction: Georg Klein, for Roman unserer Kindheit(Rowohlt), the fantastic …

Leipzig Attracts 150,000+ Fairgoers, Exhibitors from 39 Countries

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Leipzig Book Fair came to a close on Sunday and organizers announced a significant increase in visitors over last year. Some 156,000 people were in attendance (up from 147,000 last year), 45,000 of whom were professional visitors. According to a press release from the fair, more than 90% of exhibitors surveyed characterized the event as a success. Of …

Is Thalia Thinking About Publishing E-books?

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary From Barnes & Noble to the German grocery chain Rewe, it is not uncommon these days to hear about retailers (book and otherwise) trying their hand at publishing books. In an interview with WirtschaftsWoche, Michael Busch, who heads up the largest German book chain Thalia, was asked if the chain has plans to publish its own line of …

Biggest E-Book Deal in Germany, Ever

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka According to an announcement from Springer: “The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) have signed an extensive and ground-breaking agreement for access to Springer eBooks on SpringerLink. The agreement represents the largest eBook deal ever to have been signed in Germany, and is, in fact, a …

Seiler’s Die Zeitwagge Fan Fav at Leipzig Book Fair

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By Siobhan O’Leary Online voting for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize has ended and Suhrkamp’s Die Zeitwaage (The Timing Machine) by Lutz Seiler is the crowd favorite with 38% of the vote (read through the book here). Readers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite nominee in the fiction category on the official website of the prize, as well …

International iPad Coming in April

In What's the Buzz by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Though the wireless, non-3G version of the iPad is scheduled for release on April 3rd in the US, Apple has announced that it will be released in Germany at the end of April. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the German iBookStore will be open for business this year (though no specific date was provided) and the prices …

Libri.Connect brings E-books to Bricks-and-Mortar Stores

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By Siobhan O’Leary German wholesaler Libri has come up with a solution for purchasing e-books in traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores. With the Libri.Digital model, customers can search for and order a title in-store using Libri.Connect software specifically created for this purpose. They can then purchase the e-book directly at the register and receive a download link via e-mail. According to buchreport, …

German Book Sales down 7.5% without last year’s Meyer sales

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By Siobhan O’Leary German book sales did not leave much room for optimism in February, coming in 7.5% under last year’s results. This follows a slow start in January and demonstrates just how powerful a role the Stephenie Meyer bump played in boosting sales last year. According to buchreport, if sales of the two most successful Meyer titles in 2009 …

The Mistake on Page 1,032: On Translating Infinite Jest into German

In Digital by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco “The limits of my language are the limits of my world,” Ulrich Blumenbach quotes Wittgenstein as saying in a Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung article to describe the challenges and inducements of the six years he spent translating David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (Unendlicher Spass) into German — something he did without input from the author, who refused to speak to …

Author Liao Yiwu Under House Arrest in China

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By Siobhan O’Leary Chinese novelist and poet Liao Yiwu expected to participate in the LitCologne festival in Germany, which takes place March 10-20, but he has instead been placed under house arrest. Liao, whose work is banned in China, had already boarded the plane in Chengdu on Monday when he was escorted off by authorities. BuchMarkt reported that although Liao …