US editors meet their German peers
March 21, 2009 by ruediger
Having the pleasure and the privilege to travel with this group of US non fiction editors to see a number of German publishers in Munich and Frankfurt – C.H. Beck, C. Hanser, Campus, Suhrkamp, S. Fischer, Random HouseÂ – the most interesting insight was at how many levels these markets have drifted apart: Selling a […]
Traveling with books – on your mind
March 17, 2009 by ruediger
In only one day, I came across two just hilarious examples of how books and minds, across time and space, mock our funny lives as book worms. I currently tour German publishers with a group of US editors, courtesy to the German Book Office of the Frankfurt Book Fair. This morning, after a nice meeting […]
Lots of book reviews on China in the NYTimes
March 10, 2009 by ruediger
This week’s NYTimes Sunday Book Review focuses on new books from Chinese authors, including: ‘The Vagrants‘, by YIYUN LI Reviewed by PICO IYER ‘China Witness: Voices From a Silent Generation’ By XINRAN Reviewed by JOSHUA HAMMER ‘Brothers‘ By YU HUA Reviewed by JESS ROW (with a portrait of the writer in the Sunday Magazine.
“Wanted: The global bestseller. A new study shows: Only a few writers are successful on a global scale. Yet national bookmarkets are diverse (not homogenized).”
Pulling the plug for the Kindle? And how to price eBooks? Or, it’s the audience, stupid.
March 5, 2009 by ruediger
It is just amazing how a really big organization like Amazon in less then 2 weeks makes an about face in their strategy for their arguably most ambitious strategic project, the Kindle. After doing everything and a bit to roll out a radically proprietary machine, closing it like a can of Campell’s tomato soup to […]
“Literary Translation and Culture”
March 4, 2009 by ruediger
2 events on translation are forthcoming – one local, one European – an I have the privilege to participate: (a) “Literary Translation and Culture” is a one day conference, initiated and hosted by Manuel Baroso, the President of the European Commission, on April 20, 2009, in Brussels. The early alert reads: “In the context of […]