At the Frankfurt Book fair, I was amazed that a pretty much technical panel debate could draw a crowd of some 100 people for almost an hour. I had the pleasure to host the talk with UK consultant Mark Bide, Piero Atanasio of the Italian Association of Publishers, and Simon Juden of the British Publishers’ […]

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So what was the news at Frankfurt? Funny question. No clear answer. Someone at the show told me that there were “no  great books”. But this is the refrain almost every year – and has little to say about the after effects of the show. Someone entirely unconnected to the trade mentioned this “scandal about […]

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Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry
October 15, 2008 by ruediger

At the Frankfurt Book Fair, we could present the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2008, which had been published by several of the leading publishing magazines, like Livres Hebdo, Publishers Weekly, The Bookseller, buchreport and Svensk Bokhandel. Find details here and the presentation here. More over the next few days live from Frankfurt.

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e-Books – beyond the hype of the e-reader
October 14, 2008 by ruediger

I have argued already on various occasions that I don’t believe that e-readers (like the Kindle or the Sony eReader) are the critical driving force for digital books (even as the current hype, notably around the Frankfurt Book Fair, produces an amazing number for media coverage on this topic). It will be much more about […]

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I am time and again amazed to see what – even undergraduate – students can achieve when they are allaowed (and a bit encouraged) to do research on sometimes tricky subjects. So I am proud to point to 3 essays which each summarize a topic where otherwise little consistent information can be found (alas, you […]

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These are pretty weird days, and I have some difficulty in finding some coherent thoughts about what that means in a perspective of books. The Nobel prize was given to the French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le ClĂ©zio. This was a surprise, for sure, but I thought at first: “Hein, c’est interessant”. I had read “Le […]

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This weeks edition of The Economist runs an insightful piece about the music industry’s experience of change over the past decade. I hadn’t thought of it either, but Apple’s iPod launch coincided exactly with the recession that had followed the Internet bubble burst and 9/11 less than a decade ago: “Many observers thought the company […]

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I was always surprised about ow much attention is focused on reading devices for e-Books instead on new user habits, new channels or new business models that emerge from or drive the new digital reading environment. It just seems unlikely, in my view, that books will stay the same once we start to consume them […]

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