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Amazon goes into Sweden – but without
April 14, 2014 | 12:34 pm

Amazon SEAs previously reported in TeleRead, Amazon has been in discussions for some time with Swedish publishing data clearing house Bokrondellen for some months regarding its plans to enter the Swedish market. Now, according to The Bookseller, Amazon may have concluded the deal and be about to roll out in Sweden. However, this might have to happen without the domain. Local Swedish news sources \ suggest that a buyer who picked up the domain name in 1997 may be hanging on to it, despite negotiations with Amazon. Whether Amazon AB, the entity that currently owns the domain name, is actually cybersquatting...

Amazon Eastward Ho push stalls with Czech warehouse cancellation
April 4, 2014 | 4:21 pm

Brno_-_Náměstí_Svobody_I Amazon's push to expand further in Central and Eastern Europe has hit a - probably temporary - stumbling block, as the southern Czech city of Brno said no to a new warehouse and fulfillment center, as reported in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. However, other plans to build a similar warehouse near Prague and three more in Poland apparently remain on track. As reported by Business New Europe, both neighboring Slovakia and other cities in the Czech Republic are now angling for the project. The Brno cancellation apparently followed delays for access and rezoning permits, although BNE quoted Brno local...

CILIP gets behind campaign to open up UK library ebook lending
March 6, 2014 | 4:26 pm

The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), the UK's professional librarians body, has issued a release and a call for action under the heading "Strict limits on library ebook lending must end," which calls for the UK to bring regulations on library lending of ebooks into line with those governing printed books. According to the announcement, "libraries do not have the right to lend ebooks. Out of the six major trade publishers in the UK only three – HarperCollins, Random House and Hachette – offer some of their ebooks to libraries. Research conducted in February 2013 by Shelf...

German creative writing system also cultivating well-financed conformism?
January 29, 2014 | 10:44 am

Following Rahul Kanakia's highly informed diatribe against the astroturfed sameness created by the U.S. creative writing industry, it appears that Germany is suffering from the same problem. At least according to a very opinionated comment piece from Florian Kessler in Zeit Online, entitled: "Let Me Through, I'm a Doctor's Son!" [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] The DLL, temple of the well-financed muses[/caption] "Why is German contemporary literature so well-behaved and conformist?" asks Kessler - or at least, his headline writers. "Because the graduates of the writing schools of Leipzig and Hildesheim all come from the same saturated milieu." The Leipzig and Hildesheim schools he...

Bookseller Weltbild insolvent, flaws in German book trade exposed
January 12, 2014 | 2:21 pm

WeltbildGerman bookseller, publishing operation and media group Weltbild filed for insolvency on Friday January 10th, with reports on Reuters and elsewhere citing both competitive pressure from Amazon in Germany and failure to obtain new financing, after its owners failed to agree on new funding arrangements. Fortunately, the actual bookstores in the bookstore chain Hugendubel - Germany's second largest - which Weltbild part-owns, will be unaffected, according to Reuters, but the bankruptcy terminates a turnaround strategy that involved shifting to more internet-based businesses, albeit in the face of sliding sales. Business will continue for the present while the court administrator looks for a...

Amazon also catches flak in Germany
July 19, 2013 | 10:14 am

AmazonUK and France are not the only European countries to indulge in a spot of gratuitous Amazon-bashing. Now Germany is seeing the same trend, with Reuters reporting "outraged" complaints by Sven Giegold, German Green Party Euro MP, at Amazon's low German tax bill despite its huge sales there. Figures in the Reuters report show Amazon declaring €10 million of profits and paying only €3 million in income tax in 2012, despite actual German sales of $8.7 billion. This was done by channeling the sales through Luxembourg-registered Amazon Europe Holding Technologies, which as a tax-exempt partnership, does not have to pay income...

CONTEXT data shows Android tablets leading Europe, iPads slipping
July 18, 2013 | 11:00 am

tabletsThe latest data report from London-headquartered tech sales and pricing research firm CONTEXT shows tablets holding up the otherwise declining consumer PC distribution business across Western Europe —but specifically, Android tablets. According to the CONTEXT figures, sales of tablets rose 137 percent in the first half of 2013, with low-end Android devices leading that trend. "In the consumer segment, while the iPad remains a popular choice, we have seen tablet demand steadily driven by low end Android offerings”, said Marie Christine Pygott, Senior Analyst at CONTEXT. “The increasing availability of attractively priced Android systems means consumers can easily buy a tablet as an...

First-time media survey shows e-book market in Germany growing, but plenty left to play for
July 14, 2013 | 11:51 am

GermanyAs reported in German media, the well-known German pollster and social research foundation the Allensbach Institute has just released the latest edition 0f its “Allensbacher Markt- und Werbeträgeranalyse” (Allensbach Media Analysis), or AWA for short, including e-books and onscreen reading for the first time in its poll this year. You can find the original document here, and its official website here. The results indicate that 5.2 percent of Germans over 14 years of age, some 3.66 million in a population of around 82 million, already own an e-reader device, with a further 3.5 percent, or almost 2.5 million, planning to buy one...

ABI Research shows developed markets leading, emerging markets lag in tablets revenue
July 8, 2013 | 11:30 am

tabletsThe latest tablet market intelligence bulletin from ABI Research shows that the developed markets of North America, Western Europe, and Asia Pacific remain by far the dominant markets for tablet sales by revenue, expected to account between them for 97 percent of the $72 billion forecast to be spent on tablets in the first quarter of 2013. Furthermore, the 39 million tablets shipped in the first quarter of 2013 come close to a record, according to ABI, only exceeded by the preceding fourth quarter of 2012. “Three regions of the world are expected to yield 97% of tablet revenues in 2013,” said...

Kafka’s birthday brings presents, with a Google Doodle and Schocken e-book exclusives
July 3, 2013 | 4:18 pm

Today marks the 130th birthday of Franz Kafka (1883-1924), and to commemorate the day, media groups and publishers have released various special creations, including one e-book exclusive. Google put up a Google Doodle on its search homepage paying homage to Gregor Samsa, the salesman-turned-cockroach in Kafka's "The Metamorphosis." Author Matthue Roth has released a collection of iconic Kafka tales retold for children, entitled "My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents, and Giant Bugs." Meanwhile, anyone wanting to peruse a few free Kafka titles in English can find them at Project Gutenberg, here. Some reports have shown coyness over Kafka's nationality. The UK Daily Telegraph dubs him a...

Germanic applause for decline of West in death of the bookshelf
June 20, 2013 | 12:15 pm

I’m writing this as a reply to Adrian Prechtel’s article in the Abendzeitung München entitled "The Death of the Bookshelf," which focused on—believe it or not—the demise of the bookshelf—not so much as an altar to learning and culture, but as a bourgeois status symbol and a fixture of modern interior décor. “The demise of the printed Brockhaus is an assault on already shaky bourgeois domestic culture,” Prechtel declares. “The educated citizen must switch to other symbols.” The Brockhaus Enzyklopädie is, or rather, was, the iconic German encyclopedia, with a similar standing in the Germanic world to the Encyclopedia Britannica in the...

MyAudio Arena in Budapest shows Europe’s generic device makers pushing up-market
June 18, 2013 | 9:23 am

MyAudio ArenaWith some e-reader and tablet manufacturers apparently feeling the strain, and other brands pushing hard to corner more of the increasingly commoditized market in smaller generic tablet devices, Budapest showcases one example of a regional device maker trying to build itself some brand equity and move up the value chain, closer to the dizzy heights of an Apple Store. Hungarian tablet, smartphone and mobile device manufacturer MyAudio has opened its MyAudio Arena on central Budapest's hip Király Street, showing off its product range in fine style. The MyAudio Tablet Series 7 range is probably the most suitable for e-reading, with the...