The German Book Office New York - that’s us!

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The German Book Office (GBO) New York, Inc. was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization and is one of four international Frankfurt Book Fair with a cultural mission: Operating out of the Goethe-Institut New York, we connect American editors with German rights directors, editors, translators, and readers through our annual Editors Trip, and act as an intermediary for German translation rights within the publishing community through publications including New Books in German and the GBO Rights Lists. We are spearheading Festival Neue Literatur,organize selected literary events and workshops, send out Book of the Month Picks, showcase German books at the American book fair BookExpo America, and are an active part of the American publishing community. The GBO is co-funded by the German Foreign Office on a by-project basis.

The GBO promotes German-language books that have been translated into English, but is not an agency or a publishing house.

As the New York office of the Frankfurt Book Fair office, the GBO and promotes Frankfurt Book Fair activities in the US such as the Fellowship Program or the annual Rights Directors Meeting We organize an annual Guest of Honor preview event prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair and run the Literary Agent and Scouts Centre at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Frankfurt Book Fair and its activities, join Frankfurt on Facebook and check out the Frankfurt Book Fair blogs.


The GBO is funded by the German Federal Office

Our services:

Networking

We connect American editors with German Rights directors, editors, translators, and readers through our annual editors’ trips, publications (New Books in German, GBO Rights Lists), events, and get-togethers. We collaborate on festivals such as Festival Neue Literatur and literary events, participate in book fairs and seminars and promote translations.

Your connection to the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world's largest book fair and a name associated with international cultural activities. The countless services and wealth of information it offers the publishing industry make it the global hub for ideas—open the whole year round. Contact us if you have any questions regarding the Frankfurt Book Fair and its activities, join Frankfurt on Facebook and check out the Frankfurt Book Fair blogs.

The U.S Book Market

Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional print book output grew six percent in 2011, from 328,259 titles in 2010 to a projected 347,178 in 2011, driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market. This is the most significant expansion in more than four years for America’s traditional publishing sector, but removing self-publishing from the equation would show that the market is relatively flat from 2010. ...

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US Book Market (updated November 2013)

The German Book Market

The industry's sales turnover increased in 2009 by 0.8 per cent to just under 9.7 billion euros, having risen by 0.4 per cent in 2008. The classic retail book trade ended 2009 with a zero in the black (+ 0.1 per cent), having had to take a loss of 1.5 per cent the year before. Department stores suffered yet another considerable drop in sales at a figure of just under 20 per cent. Book clubs also registered a drop of 20 per cent, after a decline of 1.8 per cent in 2008. The mail order trade was the big winner again in 2009, increasing its sales by 11.4 per cent. But this increase is entirely accounted for by online book sales, which are estimated to have risen by around 15 per cent.

After an only small increase of 0.6 per cent in 2008, sales for German book publishing companies rose by a clear 3.8 per cent in 2009.

As of May 2010, the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – German Publishers & Booksellers Association – had 5,787 members, including 1,833 publishing companies and 3,814 bookselling businesses.

International Book Markets

Check out Publishing Perspectives for firsthand reporting on German, U.S. and international publishing news. More about book markets..

US Acquisitions

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Please click on the acquisition lists below to find out which German books have been published in the US since 2007. Please note that this might not be a complete list. We are dependent on the feedback of German rights directors and US acquiring editors. Please email us if you know of a title we have missed.
US Acquisitions

Editors’ Trip

Editor's Trip

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Each year, GBO Director Riky Stock takes a group of North American editors to Germany for the annual Editors’ Trip. The week-long program is full of meetings and panels designed to offer participants the chance to explore the landscape of German publishing. This year's trip will focus on independent publishers with stops in Berlin and Frankfurt, and will run from June 22 to 28, 2014.

The participating editors will meet with their German counterparts, including German editors, publishers, and rights directors. There will also be visits to German book stores and the offices of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Keep an eye out for blog posts and articles on the GBO's Editors’ Trip!

Recommended Titles for Translation

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The GBO acts as a liaison between German rights departments and American editors and actively promotes all titles that are either featured in New Books in German, selected by Geisteswissenschaften International or presented in the Frankfurt Book Fair Children's Book List. New Books in German (NBG), an independent magazine that recommends contemporary untranslated books from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is an excellent resource for American editors. NGB features fiction, nonfiction and children's books. Fiction titles by German authors are collaboratively selected by a UK bases jury as well as by the GBO and a US based jury, consisting of colleagues from the Goethe-Institut New York and Chicago and professionals with the American publishing industry.
Nonfiction Rights List 2013 issue

The Geisteswissenschaften International - Translation Funding for Humanities and Social Sciences is awarded by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels - German Publishers & Booksellers Association, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, VG WORT and Germany's Federal Foreign Office to innovate original German-language works for humanities and social sciences. The GBO promotes all titles that receive this award and for which English language rights are still available.
Nonfiction Rights List Fall 2013

The GBO also helps US publishers in getting information about available rights and recommending suitable readers or translators.

German Book OfficeTranslators Database

The German Book Office and the Frankfurt Book Fair both maintain translator databases to facilitate the quick and easy finding of suitable translators. If you regularly do translation work form German into English and would like to be considered for inclusion in the database, please send your CV and a sample translation (if possible, and preferably with a copy of the original text) to post@newyork.gbo.org
Upcoming events: Translator Workshop this Fall. More information to come.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the translator database or the German Book Office.

Translators Workshop

Translators Workshop

In 2012, the German Book Office held a Translation Competition to foster an interest in German-language translation. Out of the more than 100 submissions that were judged by US Editors and translators, Kurt Beals emerged as the winner and Elizabeth Janik as the runner-up.

Due to the great interest in the previous year’s translation competition, and in response to the ever-increasing number of requests for translators from US editors, the GBO decided to create a more involved translation-related event with two goals: to cultivate talent and to connect translators with editors. This led to translator Susan Bernofsky organizing a day-long workshop filled with conversations and revising of translations, including appearances by editors Declan Spring of New Directions and Tom Mayer of W.W. Norton.

For more information about the 2013 workshop, please visit the New Books in German website to read an article about the event.

The GBO will host another similar workshop in the second half of 2014, so check back for more details as our plans evolve!

Translators Database

The German Book Office maintains a translator databases to facilitate the quick and easy finding of suitable translators for our projects. If you regularly do translation work from German into English and would like to be considered for inclusion in the database, please contact us at moss@newyork.gbo.org. We would then send you a short text to translate to see if you meet our criteria.

Promoting German Books


The GBO acts as a liaison between German rights departments and American editors and actively promotes titles that are either featured in New Books in German, selected by Geisteswissenschaften International, or presented in the Frankfurt Book Fair New Children’s Books List.

New Books in German (NBG), an independent magazine that recommends contemporary untranslated books from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, is an excellent resource for American editors. NBG recommends fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. A New York jury, headed up by the GBO, selects titles which are then marked as US Jury picks in the print and PDF editions of the magazine.

Geisteswissenschaften International - Translation funding for nonfiction works on humanities and social sciences from Germany is available through a new grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, and German Federal Foreign Office. The "Geisteswissenschaften International: Translation Funding for Humanities and Social Sciences from Germany" Prize rewards innovative academic works on humanities and social sciences written in German by providing funding for the translation of such works into English.

GBO Nonfiction Rights List

The New Children’s Books rights list is put together by the Frankfurt Book Fair. The GBO promotes these books and showcases them at the international American book fair BookExpo American (BEA).

The GBO also helps US publishers in getting information about available rights and recommending suitable readers or translators.

Some Impressions of the GBO New York

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German Book Office New York, Inc.
Riky Stock
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Useful information:

Publishing Perspectives

Check out Publishing Perspectives , an online journal of international publishing news and opinion that’s been called “the BBC of the book world.” Publishing Perspectives is a project of the Frankfurt Book Fair managed by Deputy Publisher Hannah Johnson and edited by Editor-in-Chief Edward Nawotka.

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Festival Neue Literatur (FNL)

For five years, FNL has been bringing six of the best up-and-coming German-language authors to New York, where they join well-known American writers in a series of conversations and readings.
Stay tuned for the fourth edition of FNL from February 27 – March 2, 2014.

Festival Neue Literatur (FNL)

Publishing The World

Young and up-and-coming publishing professionals meet and discuss translated literature at Monthly Book Club Meetings and other Publishing the World activities.


Publishing The World

Book of the Month Picks

Once a month we select a recent translation of a German book into English and spread the word about it. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to read about our monthly book picks and for your chance to win a free copy of the English translation! If you are a journalist or a US bookseller, please contact us and we’ll add you to our mailing list.


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US Acquisition List

Click on the acquisition list below to find out which German books have been published in the US since 2007! Please note that this might not be a complete list. We are dependent on the feedback of German rights directors and US acquiring editors. Please email us if you know of a title we have missed.
US Acquisiton list

US and German book markets

Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional print book output grew 6% in 2011, from 328,259 titles in 2010 to a projected 347,178 in 2011, driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market. This is the most significant expansion in more than four years for America’s traditional publishing sector, but removing self-publishing from the equation would show that the market is relatively flat from 2010.

Find out more about the

US Book Market

In Germany, the industry's sales turnover increased in 2009 by 0.8% to just under 9.7 billion euros, having risen by 0.4% in 2008. The classic retail book trade ended 2009 with a zero in the black (+ 0.1%), having had to take a loss of 1.5% the year before. Department stores suffered yet another considerable drop in sales at a figure of just under 20%. Book clubs also registered a drop of 20%, after a decline of 1.8% in 2008. The mail order trade was the big winner again in 2009, increasing its sales by 11.4%. But this increase is entirely accounted for by online book sales, which are estimated to have risen by around 15%.

After a small increase of 0.6% in 2008, sales for German book publishing companies rose by a clear 3.8% in 2009.

As of May 2010, the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – German Publishers & Booksellers Association – had 5,787 members, including 1,833 publishing companies and 3,814 bookselling businesses.

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