Announcement made at the BEA Global Market Forum Russia in New York, at a project of RĂĽdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting.   The news was short, yet its impact on Russian publishing will be huge. “Two days ago, we signed an agreement on a joint venture between EKSMO and AST”, said Yuri Dikalo, the CEO […]

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eBooks: Kleine Verschiebung, grosse Wirkung!
December 20, 2010 by ruediger

NatĂĽrlich ist die Suche nach eBooks noch ziemlich mĂĽhsam, zu unberechenbar ist das Angebot, zu willkĂĽrlich, was von Verlagen digital zum sofortigen Download angeboten wird, und was nicht. Und die Wirrungen enden nicht mit der erfolgreichen Suche. Die fangen mit dem Fund erst so richtig an. Das Auffälligste ist gewiss, wie durchgängig hier, auch bei […]

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“Schatz, legst Du schon mal die eBooks unter den Weihnachtsbaum?” Der Satz wird diesmal noch nicht ganz so häufig ins Wohnzimmer gerufen werden, aber es wird ihn geben. Er wird sich diesmal noch eher auf kleine Kartonschächtelchen mit den Lesegeräten darin beziehen, denn die BĂĽcher selbst, jeweils gerade mal eine kleine elektronische Datei, in ein […]

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So what did you learn in Frankfurt this year?
October 17, 2009 by ruediger

…I would be asked, while still recovering from the ritual book fair cold & cough, and at the same time recapitulating the many many chats and conversations with friends and colleagues, customers and partners in 4 days that feel like, frankly, like a couple of weeks. Thinking now, in retrospective, of all the self appointed […]

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Skeptical about e-Books? Here is the solution!
September 7, 2009 by ruediger

With the enthusiasm and the energy we are so fond of, and thanks to a hint from Sabina, we found and hereby proudly present THE solution for all those who regret that with e-Books, book sniffing may come to an end: Tested with all available e-Book formats, comes in 5 flavors, with attractive (yet a […]

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Is our culture threatened by Google and by the Open Access movement for freely accessible science publications? Are Google’s library scanning programs and the so called “Google settlement” with the US Author’s Guild a menace against the freedom of expression in Germany? Such is the opinion expressed by the “Heidelberg Appell” made public by Roland […]

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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 […]

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The wonderful journal “Logos” has published a tink piece I wrote on the “future of the book” or, more precisely, on what e-Books and digitization may have changed – or not changed at all – about books: What is a book? And, what’s really in it? These two simple questions are getting both more complicated […]

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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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News come in regularly about just another project aiming at exploring possibilities and perspectives of books on digital platforms. At the Paris Salon du Livre, the French Minister for Culture and Communication, Christine Albanel, said that “we must stop only endure the digital revolution”, but instead look out courageously for the potential. “The book”, she […]

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