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 …