This has been said, almost a year ago, by my old friend Mike Shatzkin in a remarkable address at last year’s BookExpo America in New York, which include very practical suggestions as to what publishers and booksellers can do. Here are 2 more quotes: “It seems intuitively that the explosion of reading on screens — […]

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Publishers Weekly writes that the US children classic Dr. Seuss is going digital, thanks to a partnership between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and kidthing, a new content distribution platform. The website kidthing is to go online later this month. Sometimes, too quick is too late. Publishers Lunch informed us only the day before expiration of the offer […]

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Co-Blogger Simon Owens told me more details about the Sci/fi publisher Tor Books and his new way of giving away fre eBooks. In his own blog “bloggasm“, he writes:  “Two sources who spoke to me on condition of anonymity said that it’s intended to be a “go-to site, a central community” for science fiction and […]

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Within only a few weeks, I came across all sorts of news refering to big publishing conglomerates and small indiependent houses who launch or announced  new approaches to putting books onto the internet. And at the same time, a new debate about eventual business models has started – anywhere between giving away all the stuff for free […]

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The revolving debate about what culture may lose as books migrate from a shelf onto a screen – or if digitizing books is a good thing, or just plain vil – I was amused to come across this story related by Plato in Phaedrus 275 A: “When the god Thoth first offered the craft of […]

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Unwrap a book – digitally
February 11, 2008 by ruediger

Here you can find Paulo Coelho’s new megaseller “The Witch of Portobello” – for free. Oh, and yes, it is entirely legal. Courtesy of Harper Collins, Coelho’s US publisher. Why they give away Coelho’s new book digitally? In order to sell it on paper, of course. And Harper decided, as of today, to start putting […]

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Blogging – the Elite Way
February 4, 2008 by ruediger

Apologies for being a lazy blogger, but here I can report on a curious and multi facetted battle in German print culture. A few weeks before Jonathan Littell’s originally French novel “Les Bienveillantes” (“The Kindly Ones”) is due for release in German translation at Berlin Verlag, the prestiguous conservative broadsheet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) starts […]

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It is rare, at least in my observation, to see various pretty serious people – essayists, journalists of high quality newspapers, editors – really in rage to the point of denouncing all (presumed) adversaries squarely as ‘childish’, ‘anti-journalists’ and ‘filthy’, oh, and yes, ‘user generated content’ is called ‘loser generated content’ because alledgedly in websites […]

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Writing in (and from) Croatia
December 10, 2007 by ruediger

Last week I had the pleasure to spend a few days in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Zagreb, Croatia, talking to publishers and writers on a trip with book people mostly from germany, to prepare (a) next year’s Leipzig book fair where Croatia is the guest of honour, and (b) next year’s brand new Vienna book fair […]

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There are 577 publishing companies in China – versus several thousand in Germany alone – and all are owned by the state, sort of. There are more than twice as many new titles published per year – 233,000 against 90,000 in Germany -, yet the Chinese book market  is only worth half of the German. […]

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