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13. Books

In Germany, the price for a book is set by the publisher and all retail stores are required to sell the book at that price, a regulation that is under heavy attack from the European Union right now. As a consequence, there is little point in shopping around for a good bargain on a book. The only books that you can buy at a discount in Germany are damaged books, even though it often takes an expert to see what exactly the damage is.

The Preisbindung, as this practice is called in German, means in particular that the only differences in price between online booksellers come from their differing fees for shipping and handling, not the books themselves.1999-04

Bookstores will usually order books published in Germany for you if they don't have them in stock. This is free of charge and usually very fast: the ordered book will often be at your local book store the day after you order it, and almost always within three days after the order. Foreign books take longer to order, sometimes several weeks.

13.1 ISB Numbers on the Net

You can find all the books in print in Germany at Verzeichnis lieferbarer Bücher, a site maintained by the association of German booksellers.

You can also try the search engines of any of the online booksellers; their search results usually contain the ISBN, among other things.

13.2 What German Dictionaries are Available? (Deutsch-Deutsch!)

13.3 Which Books do German kids read?

Bring up any of these book titles in conversation with a German under the age of 50, or anybody over 50 whith kids, and you have a sure-fire way to go down the road to nostalgia ...

13.4 German Literature Online

The German Branch of the Project Gutenberg has now gone far beyond offering just fairy tales. The Project Gutenberg is dedicated to bringing works of literature whose copyright has expired into electronic form.

A very nice website dedicated to German literature is Oliver Gassner's carpe. It contains the Literatur und Bücher im Cyberspace link list and Olivers Links zur Literatur. For the scholarly minded, there's the German Studies Web, coordinated by Reinhart Sonnenburg.

13.5 Mail Ordering Books

The FU Berlin maintains a list of German publishing companies and bookstores, including many mail-order bookstores.

Some of the more popular mail-order bookstores are

Here is a list of bookstores and publishing companies, both in Germany and abroad, that somehow deal with German books:

Der Buchwurm

PO Box 268, Templeton, CA 93465, tel +1(805)238-2353, fax +1(805)238-9523

German Books, Music Tapes, CD's, Journal Subscriptions, etc. 1994-6

Mary S. Rosenberg, Inc.

1841 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, tel +1(212)307-7733, fax +1(718)857-7163

Mail order, but no credit cards! However, checks do not need to clear your bank before they send merchandise. 1994-6

Schönhof's Foreign Books

76A Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, tel +1(617)547-8855, fax +1(617)547-8551

Accepts Visa, MC, and AMEX. French, German, Italian, and Spanish books 1994-6

Adler's Foreign Books, Inc.

8220 N. Christiana Ave, Skokie, Illinois 60076, tel +1(800)ADLERS-1

Accepts major credit cards, no current catalogue! 1994-6


96 Sweet Road, Ballston Lake, NY 12019, tel/fax +1(518)399-6516

They have a very good selection of German language books, videos, cassette tapes, CD's, and magazines, at reasonable prices. A catalog is available. 1994-7

International Book Import Service, Inc.

2995 Wall Triana Highway, Suite B4, Huntsville, Alabama 35824-1532, tel +1(800)277-IBIS fax +1(205)464-0071 1996-03 1995-4

Continental Book Company

80-00 Cooper Avenue, Bldg. #29, Glendale, NY 11385 1994-6

Mail order Kaiser

Postfach 401209, 80712 München, Germany, tel +49(89)362001

Mail order bookstore in Germany. Delivery worldwide at German domestic prices. Monthly newsletters. 1994-6

ATS (Associated Technical Services)

855 Bloomfield Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

Technical Dictionaries 1994-6


Ferdinand-Porsche-Str. 39, Postfach 61 06 37, 60348 Frankfurt/Main, tel +49(69)4208000, fax +49(69)415004

Kantstr. 41, 10625 Berlin 12, tel +49(30)3125017

They deliver only to European countries. A Bill will be included on delivery. The value of an order to abroad must be above 50 DM. Only books are delivered abroad, no CD's, tapes or records. 1994-6

Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft

Hindenburgstraße 40, Postfach 11 15 53, 64230 Darmstadt, Germany, tel +49(6151)33080, fax +49 6151 314128 1994-6

Carl Hanser Verlag

Postfach 86 04 20, 81631 München

Take major credit cars, and offer books from BASIC programming to Object-Oriented methods. Nice little catalog - these are the distinctive bright red books with blue trim. 1994-6

Die Weiße Rose

Rozengracht 166, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel +31(20)638-3959, Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10-18, Sat 11-17 1994-6

Deutsches Komitee für elektronische Bücher

(German Electronic Book Committee GEBC), Bertelsmann Electronic Publishing, fax +49(89)43189-737 1994-7

Bibliographisches Institut

Makers of Der Duden, Meyer's Lexikon and Brockhaus. Looks like they have a corner on the German encyclopedia market.

Langenscheidt KG

Langenscheidt publishes everything about learning languages, from dictionaries to Teach yourself elementary Martian in seven days.

Book publishers, fiction and non-fiction

Some of the biggest German publishing companies are Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (dtv), Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Suhrkamp Verlag, Verlag Philipp Reclam jun., Verlag R.Piper.

The Diogenes Verlag AG does not seem to have a webpage. Their last known address was Sprecherstraße 8, CH-8032 Zürich.

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