German Buch News: Panel on the Google Settlement; Kids Book Prices Up 12%

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary You can’t browse through the German trade publications without reading story after story about the European statement objecting to the Google Settlement. Today, BuchReport features a round-up of an IFA panel discussion on the subject, which included Börsenverein chief executive Alexander Skipis, Berlin-based Google lobbyist Annette Kroeber-Riel, Dieter Gorny of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (the German Music Industry …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Will the UK Get Cheap Ebooks?; Munro Nixes Giller Prize

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sony’s general manager for content and services development, Richard Palk, said that the UK would likely have to follow suit with US pricing of ebooks as the devices become more widespread in the UK. The Bookseller reports that publishers and booksellers are divided on the issue, with publishers setting prices as the same as hardcovers and while …

German Buch News: Swiss Doubt Over Fixed Prices; iRex Promises Color Reader

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By Siobhan O’Leary In Switzerland, the financial crisis has reignited the debate over fixed book pricing, which was expected to go into effect in 2010. Now, in an interview with the Boersenblatt, Dani Landolf, Director of the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verleger-Verbands (SBVV) (Swiss Booksellers and Publishers Association, says politicians are backing off their commitment to the policy, due in large …

The Most Hated Book Down Under

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

Editorial by Andrew Wilkins MELBOURNE: Australia is a nation of booklovers, but you won’t find many fans for a new Australian paperback, ISBN 9781740372817. In fact, there’s an argument for saying it’s “Australia’s Most Hated Book.” That’s because it’s a report by an Australian Government think-tank, the Productivity Commission, which recommends (among other things) the abolition of the copyright protections …

German Buch News: Inflation Boosts Sales Stats

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The average price of  a book in Germany is up 27 cents to €11.55 — a 2.4% increase over last year. According to buchreport, this — and not an increase in demand — accounts for the 2.3% increase in sales for the first seven months of 2009 compared to the same period last year. According to a …

German Buch News: Parliamentary Support for Google

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Research Services group of the German Parliament is now weighing in on the pros and cons of Open Access and Google Book Search.  As reported in Boersenblatt, the group has issued a 19-page letter stating that opposition to the concept of Open Access is nearly impossible to comprehend. The report praises the transparency of Google’s compensation …

Web Police Attributor Courts US, German Publishers

In Feature Articles by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt CALIFORNIA: Web tracking and analysis service Attributor is poised to make big inroads into the English and German speaking book markets, pitching its services to publishers on both sides of the Atlantic that are looking for a systematic way to crack down on online piracy. Attributor works by scanning billions of Web pages to find unauthorized use …