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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 13/03/2013

German readers can defy Amazon

At the opening of the Leipzig Book Fair today, Wednesday, the German book trade has launched a campaign to promote German books. The conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung hopes that the campaign's slogan 'Attention, Books' will continue to have repercussions even after the fair is over, because "the book sector is in the midst of a life-threatening transformation. ... This threat bears a name: Amazon. ... The working conditions at Amazon have become a subject of discussion, and the reading public prides itself on its ethical standards. ... Where, if not in Germany, the country with the greatest density of bookstores, the country that eliminated dumping with its price fixing policy, and the country that has developed an incomparably quick and reliable delivery system through its wholesalers, is it possible to challenge Amazon? Yes, the supply is there. ... But we, the book buyers, are the demand. Attention, Readers!"

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 19/12/2008

"Pecunia non olet"

Shortly before France's most successful comic series Asterix celebrates its 50th anniversary, shares in the lucrative family business have been sold to the Lagardère publishing group. Only Sylvie Uderzo, the daughter of caricaturist Albert Uderzo, refuses to sell her stake. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ponders the future of the brave Gauls: "There's a bad atmosphere in the small, uncompromising publishing house with its fifteen employees, and also in the family. And that doesn't bode well for the jubilee year. Eighty-one-year-old Albert Uderzo, who is planning a new Asterix album, said he wanted to get things settled for the future. But what does this mean? Will the series continue, despite all Uderzo's previous declarations to the contrary? He didn't do the final drawings for the last two albums, so he has an artistic successor. And writing better than Uderzo won't be too difficult."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 22/02/2008

Maltese euros in the coffee business

Andreas Platthaus gets a kick out of the sale of Maltese euros by the Tchibo coffee company, which is selling sets of 3,88 euros in new Maltese coins for 6,50 euros: "There are people who collect money. Not for practical reasons, so as to jump into it like a seal or dig around in it like a mole and throw it in the air so it rains down on your head. No, they just love money. And people who collect money are excited over new money like Malta's, especially because it will be a few months before the first coins emblazoned with the motifs of stone dolmens, the national coat of arms and the Maltese Cross make their way to cash registers in German supermarkets, as the Vatican euros have done by now. A collector just can't wait, so he buys a full set of coins from his favourite coffee roaster."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 31/10/2007

Tomi Ungerer in Strasbourg

Andreas Platthaus has discovered the first museum dedicated to the work of illustrator Tomi Ungerer. The museum opens in Strasbourg on Friday November 2nd and according to Platthaus houses an "unexpected treasury of pictures". "Despite his Christian name, Jean Thomas, Tomi Ungerer comes from a German-Alsatian family, witnessed the occupation between 1940 and 1945 and to this day speaks the three languages of his three home countries: France, Germany and Alsace. His polyglot self-identity is beautifully expressed in the newly-opened museum. All the captions for the pictures are given first in German, then French, and then English, the language in which Ungerer wrote most of his books. ... Here we see this incredibly diverse and innovative illustrator who, after a rather conservative phase experimenting with animal stories featuring the Mellop pig family, Emil the Octopus and Rufus the Bat, triggered a revolution in the nursery with his 1963 book 'The Three Robbers'."

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