How the German Publishing Industry Is Coping with Covid-19 (Podcast #5)

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How the German Publishing Industry Is Coping with Covid-19 (Podcast #5)

How Is the German Publishing Market Coping during the Pandemic?

By Marleen Seegers, Co-Founder of 2 Seas Agency and Host of The Make Books Travel Podcast

May 10, 2020

German publishing

Elisa Diallo © private

On the fifth podcast episode I’m talking to Elisa Diallo, who recently joined the independent German publishing house Schöffling as their foreign rights manager.

Elisa and I met quite a few years ago, at the London Book Fair I believe. However, as was the case with Wendolín Perla who I interviewed a few episodes ago, I feel like I really got to know Elisa when we were both fellows at the Jerusalem book fair in 2017.

I’m excited that she reached out to me and proposed to participate in the Make Books Travel podcast. Elisa and I discussed several topics, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the German publishing industry.

Here are some of the questions I asked Elisa:

  • What is the general situation in Germany currently, in terms of restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  • Did any physical bookstores in Germany close at any time since the start of the pandemic? 
  • What was the state of the German publishing market early 2020, before the start of the pandemic?
  • How has the pandemic impacted acquisitions in Germany, both for German books as well as foreign authors?
  • Have publication dates been postponed for books that were scheduled to be published this spring?
  • What has happened since the start of the pandemic in terms of book sales? 
  • What do you think are the mid-to long-term consequences of this crisis for the German book market?

Thank you for listening, and enjoy!

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