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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The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry as presented at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair was echoed widely in professional conversations and small talk throughout the fair. The presentation, held at the Press Centre on Wednesday 10 October 2007, brought together the editors in chief of several of the leading book trade magazines. It was, […]

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Publishing today, at least in a global perspective, is not just about books and authors. It is about information, knowledge, and education. It is as much about digital publishing as about ink on paper. It is a mirror of the global balance of (economic and technological) power, yet with surprises: It is far less about […]

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About saying ‘me’ differently
July 9, 2007 by ruediger

I was really puzzled when I realized the amount of interest (and feedback) I had the other day with a piece written for Publishers Weekly about how autobiographies are classified in different ways in the AngloSaxon world, and in the rest of Europe: While Americans and Brits expect writers of autobiographies to say the truth, […]

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We proudly announce the birth of our new baby – the Livres Hebdo Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, or the first reliable list of all publishing groups from around the globe with revenues of over 200 million Euros or 250 million dollars. For almost 10 months, we were researched, tracked down data and people […]

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Bookmarkets – where’s the limit?
June 6, 2007 by ruediger

At BookExpo America, I could set up and launch a debate on the “Internationalisation of English reading“, or a funny 3 bn $ market niche that so far got little attention by book folks aside from the few online and wholsalers who are actively increasing their revenues from it. Anyone exploring a major book store […]

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That hidden 3 bn dollar book market
May 14, 2007 by ruediger

Book markets today have a reputation of being slow, flat, little exciting, except for those breath taking crime novels that top so many bestseller lists around the globe. Yet there is this 3 bn dollar niche market that draw little attent, if not by a few international sales people from wholesalers or large corporations. I […]

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As we screen and analyse international bestseller lists for several book trade magazines month by month, we were puzzled by that the new book of Robert Fulghum, author of many essays, notably All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (1986). His new collection of notes, essays, and observations, titled “What On Earth […]

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A global culture and its bottleneck
March 17, 2007 by ruediger

or, Why translation matters. Oddly enough, globalisation (and the internet) brought, as for books, not many more translations from all those books from all over the world. Quite the opposite has happened. The number of translated books has declined continuously in most countries since the mid 1990s, and that is not only true for those […]

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