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 offices with a cultural mission. We connect American editors with German rights directors, editors, translators, and readers through our annual Editors’ Trip. We also 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 spearhead the Festival Neue Literatur planning committee, 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, the GBO promotes Frankfurt Book Fair activities in the US such as the Fellowship Program and the annual Rights Directors Meeting. We organize an annual Guest of Honor preview event prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair and Riky Stock, the Director of the GBO, runs 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, like the GBO on Facebook.
The GBO is funded by the German Federal Office
Trends in 2015 included significant growth in the children & young adult category, the ongoing growth of ebooks, and the growing popularity of audiobooks. While print sales of adult fiction increased in 2015, the adult nonfiction segment still remained the largest print category, led by Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up. The top bestseller in adult fiction in all categories was Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Analyzing sales by format, the mass-market paperbacks and physical audiobooks stand out with their double-digit declines. According to BookScan, total units sold topped 652 million in 2015.
U.S. Book market (updated January 2016)
Compared to the previous year, the German book trade in 2015 registered a 1.7 % decline in the popular market through various distribution channels, including stationary book trade, railway station book trade, e-commerce and warehouses. According to the Consumer Price Index Destatis, the average book price fell 0.9% in 2015. The percentage of eBook sales in the total market continues to rise at a moderate rate. In 2015, the share of sales in this section was by 4.5% (2014: 4.3 %). As the only organization in the world that unites all three trade sectors, publishing houses, bookstores and wholesale book trade under one roof, the Börsenverein currently has 5.200 members.