Swiss to Reinstate Fixed Book Prices

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

The debate over fixed book pricing remains a complicated and volatile one in Europe. By Amanda DeMarco On March 18 the Swiss parliament approved a fixed price system for books in German-speaking Switzerland, both for online and in-store sales as of next year. The debate over fixed book pricing is a complicated and volatile one in Europe. Various degrees of …

Using Text to “Enhance” E-books and Other Insights from the 2011 Leipzig Book Fair

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

Germany’s second biggest book fair offers a barometer of what’s obsessing the world’s third largest publishing industry By Siobhan O’Leary LEIPZIG: Students from the HTWK Leipzig [Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur] emerged before a standing room only crowd at an event titled “rethinking the book” at the Leipzig Book Fair on Thursday afternoon, well-prepared to present the fruits of …

Google Books ‘auf Deutsch’

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

Interview by Nicholas Gary Yesterday’s news about Hachette Livre’s deal with Google to scan and sell 40 to 50,000 out-of-print books came as something of a surprise to many. Could the same thing happen in Germany? Annabella Weiss, the manager for Google Books for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, won’t say. But she did speak with Nicholas Gary of Actualitté, about what …

Indie Swiss Pubs Promote Books on Juice Bottle Labels

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary An association of independent Swiss publishers known as Swips is juicing up its marketing activities on behalf of its members. Literally. Founded three years ago, the organization is now teaming up with organic smoothie producer Traktor to launch an unconventional new campaign giving its 22 member publishers the opportunity to feature poems, book excerpts or very short …

Swiss Publisher Spurns ISBNs, Opts for Direct to Consumer

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary When independent Swiss publisher Urs Engeler lost the financial support of his patron last year, he opted to divest himself of the traditional structures of publishing, rather than close up shop. As he recently told the Boersenblatt in an interview, staying in business meant anything but business as usual. Founded in 1995, his eponymous publishing house focuses …

Expatland: On Working in Publishing in Switzerland, Australia

In Growth Markets by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder In part three of Publishing Perspectives’ series on publishing professionals working abroad, Daniel Kalder, himself a Scot transplanted to Texas via Moscow — talks to two Americans who discuss their experiences working in publishing abroad and how it has enhanced their careers. Read parts one and two. Going Global in the Swiss Alps Natasha De Bernardi is …

Have Passport, Will Publish: Publishing Expats in Prague and West Australia

In Europe by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder In part two of Publishing Perspectives’ series on publishing professionals working abroad, Daniel Kalder, himself a Scot transplanted to Texas via Moscow — talks to two Americans who discuss their experiences working in publishing abroad and how it has enhanced their careers. Walnut Liquor to Warm You Up Erin Ferretti Slattery is managing editor at Channel V …

Switzerland Debates Details of Reinstated Fixed Price Laws

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Switzerland’s Council of States will be meeting on March 2nd to discuss the upcoming reinstatement of the country’s fixed book price law. According to buchreport, the law could be adopted as early as March 19th and the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verlegerverband (SBVV – Swiss Booksellers and Publishers Association) sees only a couple of drawbacks in the draft …

German Buch News: DFW’s Infinite Jest hits Germany, Blog Launched

In German Buch News, News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary On August 24, the late author David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus Infinite Jest will finally be published in German. The translation itself took Ulrich Blumenbach six years to complete and the book will be printed by Kipeneheuer & Witsch as Unendlicher Spaß. Inspired by www.infinitesummer.org, as US based book club site which has been hosting a discussion …