Thu, 30/05/2013 - 16:02
What a difference a few months make. In January the German book industry was consumed by a collective feeling of gloom after book sales had fallen for the third year in a row. That the decline of 1.4% was much lower compared to 2011 (-2.6%) and 2010 (-3.3%) hardly mattered at the time. Instead, naysayers had a field day, predicting much worse...
Thu, 30/05/2013 - 15:19
A new chapter has been opened in the long-running fi ght for survival of one of Germany’s best-known literary publishers.
On 27th May Suhrkamp initiated insolvency protection proceedings similar to Chapter 11, shielding it from its creditors, at a Magistrates’ Court in Berlin. Spokesperson Tanja Postpischil said the...
Tue, 23/04/2013 - 07:30
A German court has ruled that digital books cannot be resold by purchasers.
The German District Court of Bielefeld ruled that digital and audiobooks were not subject to "exhaustion of the rights of the author" in the same way that physical books were in a recent court ruling, according to...
Mon, 18/03/2013 - 08:20
Germany's largest book chain Thalia is planning a joint venture in Switzerland with its major competitor Orell Füssli, a move which will create by far the largest bookseller in the German-speaking part of the country.
The announcement comes just days after Thalia linked with arch-rivals Hugendubel and three other companies...
Mon, 04/03/2013 - 09:12
Deutsche Telekom has confirmed it is bringing out an e-reader in collaboration with booksellers Thalia, Weltbild and Hugendubel, plus Club Bertelsmann.
Bookseller Nina Hugendubel has called it "a national alternative to the major US corporations."
Wed, 20/02/2013 - 09:40
After only one year Germany's participation in international World Book Night celebrations has been put on hold, at least temporarily. Even though the initial event has been hailed a great success by the organisers, this year's campaign has nonetheless been quietly shelved.
An official statement by co-organiser Stiftung Lesen...
Wed, 19/12/2012 - 08:15
Christmas sales are picking up in Germany, with double-digit sales growth for the second week running, helped by a darkly satirical novel about Hitler returning to modern day Germany.
According to the latest figures compiled by the trade paper Buchreport, in the week ending 7th December, printed book sales jumped 14% on the...
Thu, 13/12/2012 - 08:18
Sony has opened an e-reader store in Germany, selling digital titles in eight different languages.
The company, which currently sells its Sony Reader device in Germany, has hit the headlines in the UK for selling some newly-released e-books for 20p, leading to a price-matching by Amazon.
The German Reader Store will...
Tue, 16/10/2012 - 09:32
One of Germany’s largest retail groups is changing ownership in a deal that is anxiously being watched by the book industry.
US investor Advent International has agreed to acquire publicly listed Douglas Holding, whose upmarket retail portfolio includes bookselling chain Thalia, as well as jewellery, confectionery, clothing and...
Wed, 10/10/2012 - 08:38
German e-reading company txtr has revealed a new device for reading e-books, described as the smallest, lightest, and simplest e-reader yet.
The battery-powered txtr beagle will be sold to the mass market through partnerships with mobile phone operators, packaged with Android smartphone contracts for as little as €9.90, according...