Exit Elisabeth Ruge: Bloomsbury’s Intl. Reorg Ousts Berlin Verlag Co-founder, MD

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary When Bloomsbury announced a substantial restructuring of its global operations about three weeks ago, it wasn’t immediately clear how the changes would impact Germany’s Berlin Verlag, which was acquired by Bloomsbury in 2003. Berlin Verlag has now announced that Elisabeth Ruge, co-founder of the press and managing director since 2005, will be stepping down as of March …

Random House, Others Begin Supplying German Kindle Content

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As Amazon publicly seeks PR experts to market the Kindle program in Germany, speculation is on the rise that a dedicated German Kindle store is on the horizon. For real this time. To this point, Kindle customers on the search for German-language books have more or less been left out in the cold. Until recently, the German selection …

Random House CEO Dohle Gives 2010 Shout Outs to Bush, Blair, Digital Up 250%

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

Random House Chairman and CEO Markus Dohle issued his year-end letter today. It reads: Dear Random House Colleagues, The year-end is traditionally a time of reflection and celebration, and as 2010 comes to a close we can proudly look back upon a year of remarkable accomplishments: the breadth of Random House’s print and digital publishing, our tremendous achievements in sales and operations, …

B&N’s NOOKBooks en Español Gives US Retailer Unique Position in Global E-book Market

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

  By Emily Williams There has been a lot of talk about digital content in Spanish-language publishing over the past three years, and publishers have started the e-book ball rolling with major digitization and e-distribution initiatives, but one key link has still been missing: the final retail connection with the consumer. The booksellers in Spain seem to be dragging their heels, …

Are There Too Many “Middle Men” in Publishing?

In Discussion by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Today’s lead story by Douglas Rushkoff describes his move from Random House to the much smaller OR Books. Among the advantages of working with OR Books he mentions in the story is the speed at which the publisher was able to bring the book to market and his ability to work closely with the actual publisher. …

TOC Frankfurt Preview: Douglas Rushkoff on Upstart Publishing, Staying Human in a Digital World

In Growth Markets by Chad W. Post

• In advance of his keynote speech at today’s Tools of Change Frankfurt conference, Douglass Rushkoff discusses his new book Program or Be Programmed and the advantages of working with a small, digital publisher instead of a traditional corporate one. • “People accept the tools and interfaces that they’re presented with as if they were pre-existing conditions of the universe,” says …