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Germany’s largest wholesaler files for bankruptcy

20 February 2019

Germany’s largest book wholesaler and distributor, KNV, has filed for bankruptcy, reports Publishers Weekly. On Thursday, 14 February, the managing directors of companies within the KNV Group filed for bankruptcy,...

German book sales down in 2017

12 June 2018

In Germany, book trade association Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels has released data showing value sales of books and journals in Germany dropped marginally by 1.6% in 2017. Overall, the German...

Frankfurt Book Fair launches business club ticket 

8 April 2014

The Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) has launched a business club ticket with extra services at the fair. The ticket, which is available for either single-day or week-long entry, offers ‘business breakfasts’ for...

Amazon to publish German-language books 

14 March 2014

Amazon Publishing will launch a new German-language publishing program based in Munich and has already acquired 12 titles for the program, reports Publishers Weekly. Under the direction of publisher Sarah...

International Library News 

15 January 2014

Former German airport to be transformed into major central libraryIn Germany, the site of a former Berlin airport will be transformed into a major new central library, reports the Guardian....

German court rejects sale of secondhand ebooks 

23 April 2013

A German court has ruled that used ebooks cannot be resold by owners, reports Publishers Weekly. In its decision the German District Court of Bielefeld ruled that ‘unlike physical works,...

Tolino ereader to launch in Germany 

5 March 2013

In Germany, Deutsche Telekom is launching an ereader called the Tolino Shine in collaboration with booksellers Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel and Club Bertelsmann, reports the Bookseller. The Tolino Shine, which supports...

Germany backs out of World Book Night 2013 

21 February 2013

Germany will not participate in World Book Night 2013, reports the Bookseller. German World Book Night co-organiser Stiftung Lesen said in a statement that ‘more time was needed to sort...

German retailer plans ultra cheap ereader 

17 October 2012

German ebook retailer Txtr has announced plans to offer an eink ereading device ‘that can be ‘offered as an inexpensive premium through phone plans’, reports Publishers Weekly. ‘The new device,...

Waiting for German award 

8 April 2008

Waiting for Mummy by Korean author Lee Tae-Jun and illustrator Kim Dong-Seong, published in Australia by Melbourne-based independent publisher Wilkins Farago, is on the shortlist for the picture-book section of Germany's premier prize...