Wed, 15/06/2011 - 07:46
Bertelsmann has disbanded its Direct Group division having all-but completed what it described as the scale-back of its book clubs business. Its remaining book club interests, most notably in Germany and Spain, will now be run out of "Corporate Investments", a division that also includes BMG’s music rights business, as well as...
Tue, 07/06/2011 - 12:10
Bertelsmann's Direct Group is to open to the public all of the retail stores operated by its ailing German book club operation Der Club.
Previously the group allowed only members into the chain, a strategy which impacted a limited number of branches. From 1st July all shops will be open to the public.
To sidestep the...
Thu, 21/04/2011 - 13:53
More than three years after it was introduced in North America and eight months after the UK become the first country outside of the US to get a dedicated Kindle store, Germany has followed suit. The German Kindle store was launched on Amazon.de today (21st April), boasting the largest selection of any e-bookstore in the German-speaking...
Wed, 23/02/2011 - 09:42
The mood among German booksellers is, if not grim, at least subdued after a poor Christmas. According to a Buchreport survey only 32% believe that their business will recover any time soon, 34% expect stagnating sales, and as many as 30% predict further decline. One bookseller sums up the general mood: "It simply has to get better...
Wed, 08/12/2010 - 09:15
A German publisher is set to release a behind-the-scenes title about whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, written by a former staffer.
According to publisher Ullstein, Inside WikiLeaks will "take [readers] into the heart of WikiLeaks" and "tell the story of WikiLeaks as it has not yet been heard." Its subtitle...
Tue, 09/11/2010 - 09:28
Germany could become the next market outside of the United States and United Kingdom to have a dedicated Kindle store.
Buchmarkt reports that publishers at the recent Homer 3.0 conference in Berlin said they were in discussions with...
Tue, 02/11/2010 - 08:30
Germany’s largest bookseller Thalia has launched its own e-reader, the Oyo, in time for the holiday season. Thalia has formed a European alliance for the reader: Bertelsmann’s Direct Group will distribute the device exclusively in France through Chapitre.com, leading Dutch bookseller Selexyz and the Polish chain Empik are also on...
Tue, 28/09/2010 - 08:35
Langenscheidt is embarking on a series of stringent cost-cutting measures to turn around the privately held German publisher and its travel, reference and language brands. Among the package introduced by publisher Andreas Langenscheidt are redundancies in Germany and the sale of the North American map business set up in the 1980s.
Fri, 06/08/2010 - 05:28
Weltbild is back in business after a period of extensive restructuring
Figures for fiscal 2009/10 (to end-June) show turnover up slightly to €1.65bn (£1.37bn), establishing the Bavaria-based company once again as Germany’s largest bookselling operation with a market share of 18%. As a privately held business Weltbild...
Tue, 20/07/2010 - 05:22
German media companies Bertelsmann and Holtzbrinck are to join forces and create an online distribution platform to sell e-books to end-consumers.
While the business partners have already submitted the paperwork to the European Commission in Brussels for approval, most details are still being kept under wraps. A date for the platform to...