The Diversity Report 2010 is out: Mapping and analysing literary translations in Europe
March 29, 2011 by admin
The Diversity Report 2010 aims at portraying and mapping how a significant sample of the best renowned contemporary authors of literary fiction in Europe shape cultural diversity (and its limits) across 15 European book markets. Translation of works of fiction makes stories, memories and idea travel across cultural boundaries. And literary authors and their work [...]
eBooks: Kleine Verschiebung, grosse Wirkung!
December 20, 2010 by admin
NatÃ¼rlich ist die Suche nach eBooks noch ziemlich mÃ¼hsam, zu unberechenbar ist das Angebot, zu willkÃ¼rlich, was von Verlagen digital zum sofortigen Download angeboten wird, und was nicht. Und die Wirrungen enden nicht mit der erfolgreichen Suche. Die fangen mit dem Fund erst so richtig an. Das AuffÃ¤lligste ist gewiss, wie durchgÃ¤ngig hier, auch bei [...]
Back to live! With the European top 50 fiction authors 2010
March 3, 2010 by admin
After a pause of a few months – and lots of strategizing, research and development and just a huge load of regular work, this blog is back in operation. So expect to find posts and a few improvements here on a regular basis again. The quick link of today points to the “50 Fiction Authors [...]
Freshly brewed: The “Diversity Report 2009″ – Cultural diversity in translations of books: Mapping fiction authors across Europe.
November 10, 2009 by admin
Books allow ideas and stories to travel, and translations are the vehicle of choice. Oddly enough for such a fundamental mechanism at the core of culture and cultural diversity, we have little precise knowledge, and certainly no data based analysis about the patterns formed by those flows, and even less about the forces driving or [...]
So what did you learn in Frankfurt this year?
October 17, 2009 by admin
…I would be asked, while still recovering from the ritual book fair cold & cough, and at the same time recapitulating the many many chats and conversations with friends and colleagues, customers and partners in 4 days that feel like, frankly, like a couple of weeks. Thinking now, in retrospective, of all the self appointed [...]
The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry – a close up
October 7, 2009 by admin
Preparing for Frankfurt? Find a detailed analysis of the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry in a close up analysis In German here In English with focus on trade publishing here > go to October 2009 newsletter In English with a focus on professional / science / education and on globalizatioon here : A survey [...]
Google, Europe and Us. On some oddities with regard to the Google Book Settlement, Europeana and a reader’s perspective.
August 31, 2009 by admin
Following the controversy around the Google Settlement and European publishers’ and author (and collecting) societies, one could assume to witness a battle between a bunch of European Jedi knights against that Dark Vader from Mountain View, California. From a more detached reader’s point of view, things are clearly more complex. While Google chose to digitize [...]
Bestselling Fiction in Europe 2008 / 2009: An Extraordinary Case of Diversity within Strict European Contours.
April 18, 2009 by admin
Together with Miha Kovac of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, we did a survey on book bestseller lists in seven major European markets over the past 12 months The top 40 writers divide into 13 writing in English, and 27 writing in other â€“ European â€“ languages, with Swedish (8), French (5) as the strongest, [...]
“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 [...]
EBooks, digital books, the future of books: An overview of current publishing experiments and strategy debates
February 26, 2008 by admin
Within only a few weeks, I came across all sorts of news refering to big publishing conglomerates and small indiependent houses whoÂ launchÂ or announced Â new approaches to putting books onto the internet. And at the same time, a new debate about eventual business models has started – anywhere between giving away all the stuff for free [...]