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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Die Vielfalt der B├╝cher
May 21, 2009 by ruediger

Es ist bemerkenswert, dass all die hei├č umstrittenen Themen in der aktuellen Debatte rund ums Buch ÔÇô seine kulturelle Stellung als Kulturgut, das Urheberrecht, die Rolle der Verlage und des Handels ÔÇô in so gut wie allen g├Ąngigen Standarddefinitionen des Buches seit dem 19. Jahrhundert nicht einmal angesprochen werden. Und viele kolportierte Thesen ├╝ber Trends […]

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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 House┬á – the most interesting insight was at how many levels these markets have drifted apart: Selling a […]

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