Ruediger Wischenbart

Ruediger Wischenbart is a journalist and consultant specialized in culture, cultural industries, the book, book markets, literature, media, Ruediger Wischenbart, born in 1956 in Graz, Austria, is a consultant and writer specialized in culture, cultural industries, the global book markets, innovation in the book industry, literature, media, and communication.

Most recently, he researched and (co-) authored the "Diversity Report" 2009 and 2008 mapping translation markets and cultures across Europe, a "Global Rankingof the Publishing Industry" (since 2007) initiated by Livres Hebdo, and co-published by The Bookseller, Publishers Weekly, buchreport and Svensk Bokhandel. As aconsultant, he regularly works for international platforms and institutions catering tothe publishing industry, notably BookExpo America, UNESCO and the European Commission. He holds a PhD in German literature from the University of Graz, served as Director of Communication to the Frankfurt Book Fair (1998 to 2001) and now runs his own company "Content and Consulting" in Vienna, Austria since 2003. More at wischenbart.com and communication in the European Union and in Central and Southeast Europe.

The Global eBook Market: Current Conditions & Future Projections The Global eBook Market: Current Conditions & Future Projections
by Ruediger Wischenbart
February 2013
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German digital publishing – the Berlin way

April 29 2013

My favorite number at the first TOC buchreport in Berlin on April 23rd was 20, as in 20% of the 2.4 million ebook buyers in Germany in 2012 had not bought any books in the previous twelve months, according to … read more

Taking ebooks mainstream…in Germany

April 10 2013

Are German ebooks really any different than those in the U.S. or the U.K.? Many strong indicators say yes, they are different. That’s why many ebook debates in the past have not ended with practical guidelines for German publishers and … read more

Lion or hare? Amazon might soon face a lot of hungry competitors around the world

February 21 2013

When Amazon released data on its financial performance for 2012 at the end of January 2013, Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and CEO concluded: “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting. After 5 years, e-books is a multi-billion dollar … read more

Global ebook distribution complexities

November 28 2012

A publisher at the Sharjah International Book Fair asked me about Google providing access to ebooks in Arabic. How could they do so without asking Arab publishers for permission, he was wondering. This was a simple question requiring a complicated answer. … read more

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