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2021

  • News

    International publishing community mourns the death of Lokman Slim

    Yesterday it was announced that Lebanese publisher Lokman Slim was found dead in his car on a road in Southern Lebanon, murdered by multiple shots to the head, according to police. Juergen Boos, Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse; Alexander Skipis, Managing Director of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association); and Juergen Horbach, Spokesman, Freedom of Speech Committee of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, commented on this as follows

  • Stefanie Perk

    Interview

    "Startups offer us fresh perspectives, unconventional ideas and a great potential for the future."

    Stefanie Perk is the project lead of CONTENTshift, an initiative by the Börsenverein Group which aims at promoting innovations, networking and cooperations between start-ups and established players in the publishing industry. We interviewed her about the programme and the next accelerator application phase in 2021.

  • Market Screenings at Avant Première

    Interview

    "Finding the right balance between linear and non-linear programmes"

    Sophie Schneider, Digital Cross Over Project Manager at IMZ, about Avant Première 2021 and trends, opportunities and challenges the film and content industries are facing with the end of "country by country" distribution and the rise of "all rights" deals.

  • Karol Górnowicz

    News

    With educational robots in the online bootcamp

    The German semi-final of the GESAwards - the world's largest EdTech startup competition - took place in October 2020. The partner was the Frankfurter Buchmesse as part of the Special Edition. We interviewed Karol Górnowicz, CEO of the Polish startup Skriware and winner of the semi-final.

  • Translator Sonja Finck

    News

    Sonja Finck on translationg Canadian literature to German

    How are the many facets of Canadian identity being reflected in the country's literature? What challenges need to be faced in terms of translating? How can Canada's linguistic and cultural diversity - its singular plurality - be portrayed authentically? In this interview, Sonja Finck, who also translated the Canadian GuestScroll inscription into German, gives insights into her work. An inspiring conversation about the characteristics of Canadian literary culture from a translator's point of view.

  • Clarissa Pabi

    Interview

    "Podcasts don’t just allow us to escape the world we find ourselves in - they allow us to find a way to live in, and through, it"

    Clarissa Pabi, Content Development Manager at the international podcast company Acast, talks about the current podcast enthusiasm and provides insights into her daily work: from the successful transformation of an independent books podcast into a no.1 podcast to collaborations with inspiring authors such as Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors.

  • André Mühlhausen Sony Music Entertainment GmbH

    Interview

    "Offer new ways to explore literature; bringing together the actual ‘mobile first approach’ and really democratize the access to this content: Anywhere and anytime."

    André Mühlhausen from Sony Music Entertainment on the democratisation of content and the transformation of the audio play market over the past 50 years.

  • Videl Bar Kar

    Interview

    "There has never been a better time to start publishing in audio."

    Videl Bar-Kar, Global Head of Audio at Bookwire, about the influence of technological innovations and trends on the audio market and the sigificant growth potential of spoken word formats.

  • Markus Langer Chief Product Officer Boxine

    Interview

    “We expect the trend towards screen-free entertainment to intensify"

    Limiting their children's screen time is a wish of many parents. Markus Langer, Chief Product Officer at tonies®, about the future prospects of screen-free entertainment, technological innovations and Boxine's product Toniebox which revolutionises the audio experience for children in various regions worldwide.

  • Nils Hollmann

    Interview

    "Chances with new formats and content within the value chain"

    Nils Hollmann, Managing Director Audiobooks, Zebralution, about the benefits resulting from new technologies and platforms for the audio market and how these innovations can help to reach new target groups and create enthusiasm for audiobooks.