German Buch News: Virtual Author Readings Gain Popularity, Advertising Volume is Up (Just)

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Virtual author readings are becoming a more common occurrence in Germany. The Tagesspiegel writes that publishers such as Berlin’s Galiani Verlag are creating bigger and better events that take place even if their authors cannot attend them or are unable or unwilling to attend. One of Galiani’s latest books, Nichts als die Welt (Nothing But the World) …

Bonus Material: Frankfurt’s Final Attendance Tally

In Discussion by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Frankfurt Book Fair came to a close on Sunday, recording the second highest number of visitors in the fair’s 60-year modern history. The 290,469 attendees — including 181,155 trade visitors — constituted 2.9% fewer visitors than last year’s record attendance. The Literary Agents and Scouts Centre (LitAg) experienced a 2.6% increase in attendance over last year, …

Russia Predicting 20% Drop in Book Sales in 2009

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad Post “Market Trends in Russia and Digital Publishing” was the topic of Wednesday’s Business Breakfast, kicking off a hectic few days of Professional Programs at the Fair with an introduction to the contemporary publishing scene in Russia. Vladimir Grigoriev, the Deputy Head for the Federal Agency of Press and Mass Communication, presented a lot of summary data, using …

Bonus Material: Interview with Icelandic Publishing Association President

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

During Chad Post’s visit to Iceland for the Reykjavik International Literary Festival, he interviewed the President of the Icelandic Publishers Association, Kristján B. Jónasson, himself a publisher. In the video, Jónasson offers a great overview of Iceland’s publishing industry, including statistics, current challenges and opportunities. Also discussed is the effect of being Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, …

Bonus Material: Stats, Video and Images from the BIBF

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The keynote speech of the Beijing International Publishing Forum (discussed in our lead article) was delivered by Wu Shulin, vice-minister for the General Administration for Press and Publications (GAPP). He cited numerous figures — as documented by Emma House, the UK Publishing Association’s International Director — which give a picture of the current state of Chinese publishing. …

What to Expect at the Beijing International Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEIJING: Trying to take in the totality of Chinese publishing is a lot like sitting down to a Chinese banquet and trying to figure out what to eat first. With thousands of publishers, both state sponsored and independent, putting out some 300,000 titles each year (about the same number as in the US), there’s a lot on the …

German Buch News: Book Sales Up 4% in July, Translations Up Too

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary July was another good month for the German book trade, with sales climbing 4% for book retailers, department stores, and online retailers, according to the August Branchen-Monitor BUCH newsletter, issued monthly by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association). This brought overall sales for the first seven months of 2009 up 2.5% over the …

German Buch News: Thalia Bookstore Sales Up 7.5%

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Booksellers in the US and UK may be struggling, but the latest news from Thalia —  Germany’s largest book chain — is actually encouraging. Parent company Douglas AG announced a 7.5% increase in sales for the period from October 2008 to June 2009, for a total of 618.6 million euros, reports buchreport.de. However, a large part of …

What’s the Buzz: Twitter Indifference; Anderson’s Anti-news Views

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The latest stories that have everyone atwitter in the social media-o-sphere… Why do we even care about Twitter? According to a Harris Interactive study (via Mashable), 69% of adults have no opinion about Twitter because they don’t know enough about it. A now infamous 15-year-old intern at Morgan Stanley said that “teenagers don’t use Twitter” either. So …

Bonus Material: Israeli Books in Various Languages

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

For much of the past decade, the National Library of Israel has been documenting the nation’s publishing scene and collecting statistics. For 2008, it reports 6,384 new books were published in the country in a variety of languages. Of those 5,621 titles were in Hebrew, followed by 368 in English, 206 in Russian, 121 in Arabic, 21 in Spanish, 18 …