- March 15, 2013
Publishing houses are Germany's intellectual backbone. For many years, they created a culture of literary abundance and generated healthy profits. But in the age of Amazon, e-books and self-publishing, they could be facing demise. By Markus Brauck, Wolfgang Höbel and Claudia Voigt more... [ Forum ]
- October 10, 2012
Weighing in at just 128 grams and costing a fraction of the price of comparable products, the German company Txtr announced its new light-weight, low-cost e-reader this week before the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Bundled with a mobile-phone contract, the reader will cost just under 10 euros. By Hilmar Schmundt more...
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Der Wandel der Lesegewohnheiten schreitet rasant voran. Zumindest in den USA. Der Verkauf von E-Books hat sich dort im vergangenen Jahr mehr als verdoppelt. In Deutschland hingegen setzen sich elektronische Bücher langsamer durch als erwartet. mehr... [ Forum ]
- April 13, 2012
Compared to the booming e-book market in the US, Germany's digital book sales are dismal. A set of cultural and economic factors mean that even in a country known for its bibliophilia, the technology will take a long time to catch on. By Aaron Wiener more...
- November 04, 2011
Traditionally, reading has been a solitary activity. But two Berlin-based Swedes hope to change this. They're close to launching new software called Readmill, which promises to create a social network for bookworms to share their reading habits, margin notes and recommendations. By Felix Knoke more...
- October 21, 2011
Many predicted that the rise of the digital book would signal the demise of the library. But the opposite has been the case. The world's top architects have designed a number of modern libraries in recent years -- though the focus is no longer on the books. By Bernd Musa and Hilmar Schmundt more...
- October 07, 2010
German publishers are only now discovering the e-book as a new sales channel. Author Jürgen Nefffe is already one step ahead. He's exploring how stories can be told digitally, and has even developed a completely new narrative form. By Konrad Lischka more...
- August 04, 2010
In a SPIEGEL interview, Random House CEO Markus Dohle, 42, discusses the world's biggest publisher's plans for the e-book age, his company's tough negotiations with Apple and why the printed book will continue to dominate publishing. more... [ Forum ]
- October 15, 2009
E-books have revolutionized both publishing and reading the world over. But in Germany, publishers would rather not go digital. Is it, as they claim, an effort to protect writers and bookstores, or is it a deeply ingrained fear of technology? By Joachim Kronsbein more...