November 18, 2012 by admin
FÃ¼r deutsche Verlage ist Ã–sterreich ein wichtiger, wenn auch nicht immer einfacher Regionalmarkt. Schriftsteller aus Ã–sterreich haben indessen seit mehr als einem Jahrhundert eine Ã¼beraus starke PrÃ¤senz in der deutschsprachigen Literatur. Ã„hnliche Erfolge Ã¶sterreichischer Verlage sind indessen die Ausnahme, schon vor 100 Jahren, als Freuds “Traumdeutung” bei Deuticke in Wien erschien – oder heute, wenn [...]
Publishing in the Arab world – a detailed report on the example of the Emirates (UAE)
September 17, 2012 by admin
Books and publishing are a key to be a part of the globalizing knowledge society. What does this mean for the Arab world? We could research a detailed report, together with Nasser Jarreous, commissioned by the Emirates Publishers Association. Publishing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a young industry, but with a significant potential [...]
US editors meet their German peers
March 21, 2009 by admin
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 HouseÂ – the most interesting insight was at how many levels these markets have drifted apart: Selling a [...]
Traveling with books – on your mind
March 17, 2009 by admin
In only one day, I came across two just hilarious examples of how books and minds, across time and space, mock our funny lives as book worms. I currently tour German publishers with a group of US editors, courtesy to the German Book Office of the Frankfurt Book Fair. This morning, after a nice meeting [...]
The German daily “Die Welt” comments on the Global Bestseller List 2008
March 10, 2009 by admin
“Wanted: The global bestseller. A new study shows: Only a few writers are successful on a global scale. Yet national bookmarkets are diverse (not homogenized).”
Pulling the plug for the Kindle? And how to price eBooks? Or, it’s the audience, stupid.
March 5, 2009 by admin
It is just amazing how a really big organization like Amazon in less then 2 weeks makes an about face in their strategy for their arguably most ambitious strategic project, the Kindle. After doing everything and a bit to roll out a radically proprietary machine, closing it like a can of Campell’s tomato soup to [...]
“Literary Translation and Culture”
March 4, 2009 by admin
2 events on translation are forthcoming – one local, one European – an I have the privilege to participate: (a) “Literary Translation and Culture” is a one day conference, initiated and hosted by Manuel Baroso, the President of the European Commission, on April 20, 2009, in Brussels. The early alert reads: “In the context of [...]
Anticipating the global success of “MÃ¤n som hatar kvinnor” – of what?
February 27, 2009 by admin
According to our charts, he was probably the most stunning author across Europe in 2008, and now his book makes it to the movies: “MÃ¤n som hatar kvinnor“. You don’t recognize the smash hit? This weekend, Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”, volume one of his Millennium series, is opening – in Sweden [...]
Salzburg Seminar on translation: From oral to written back to oral again?
February 26, 2009 by admin
It was Geety Dharmaraja of New Dehli, a beaming lady with an inescapable sense of mission and the founder of a stunning Indian translation project called Katha who made several of the most remarkable points at this week’s Salzburg Global Seminar on translation. “Perhaps we are about to go full cycle”, she told the startled: [...]
China to losen state control over publishing by 2010?
February 14, 2009 by admin
The Chinese internet platform Danwei reports, quoting an article in China Youth Daily, that the Chinese government is set to abandon direct control over most publishing companies by the end of 2010. The goal is to allow “for profit” media companies to get rid of direct state control, to end state restrictions on the allocation [...]