Going to Göteborg? Tell us About It.

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

We at Publishing Perspectives are busy preparing our show daily issues for the Frankfurt Book Fair and won’t be able to join the crowds at the Göteborg Book Fair this year. If you’ll be there, we’d love to hear from you — what you see, feel, experience at the Fair — and will post summaries here. Let us know what …

Swede Liza Marklund Insults, Then Apologizes to German Booksellers

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Swedish crime novelist Liza Marklund recently found herself in the midst of a controversy in the German publishing world when she spoke out against Germany’s fixed book price law and questioned the significance of small booksellers in an interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. German booksellers (particularly the smaller ones, who were most directly affronted by the author’s …

Sweden’s Bonnier Produces Slick Digital Mag Concept

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Sweden’s Bonnier Publishing Group, which owns German publishers arsEdition, Carlsen, Piper, Thienemann and Ullstein, has teamed up with British design firm Berg to develop the digital magazine concept Mag+, reports the Boersenblatt. Like many of its American counterparts, who announced over the past month a variety of digital magazine concepts designed for Tablet computers, Bonnier’s project is also …

Survey Says: Only 13% Willing to Pay for Online Content

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Ed Nawotka On average, just 13% of Internet users are ready to pay for information online, according to an international study released by GfK Custom Research on behalf of the Wall Street Journal Europe. The study was conducted in 16 European countries and in the USA with varying results, according to buchreport. In Germany, 9% of …

Global Trade Talk: Sweden’s Publit Aims for POD; Interview with Tin Drum Translator; Danish Retailer Won’t Stock Symbol

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Is this the birth of a booming Swedish e-book market? The epub blog reported that a Swedish company called Publit has challenged itself with making all of Sweden’s out-of-print books (or böker, the Swedish word for books) available to readers using Print on Demand. “Considering that 95% of all Swedish books ever in existence are now out …

Global Trade Talk: Borders Offers Six Ereaders, Göteborg Book Fair Concludes

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reported yesterday that Borders now carries six different ereading devices in its stores: the Cool-Er eReader for £189.00, Bebook Ereader for £199.00, Bebook Mini Ereader for £179.00, Sony Touch Ereader for £249.99, and Sony Pocket Ereader for £179.99. The Göteborg Book Fair in Sweden took place over the weekend (24 to 27 September) and the …

Bonus Material: Salinger’s Swedish Nemesis

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The saga of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, a purported sequel to J.D. Salinger’s 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, written by Swede Frederick Colting – using the pseudonym J.D. California – has now reached the courts, where things are bound to get even goofier. It seems to me that this is a bit …

The Woman Who Fought Back

In Feature Articles, Resources by Edward Nawotka

STOCKHOLM: “This will not come to any resolution. There´s too much at stake. All I can do is to write my book about it,” says Eva Gabrielsson, the long time partner of the late bestselling author Stieg Larsson. Gabrielsson’s memoir, tentatively called The Year After Stieg, is likely to generate a great deal of publicity, so much so that Gabrielsson …