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Berlinica presents: The book about the concert that brought down the Berlin Wall
Coming in June 2013. By Erik Kirschbaum
Rocking The Wall — Bruce Springsteen:
The Untold Story of a Concert in East Berlin That Changed the World
And: Coming in July 2013: A Tramp in Berlin: New Mark Twain Stories
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|What is Berlinica?
Berlinica is a New York-based multimedia publisher that brings books, ebooks, movies on DVD, and CD music from Berlin, Germany, to America. All of our titles are in English or subtitled. Most of our covers are also available as T-shirts, wall calendars, posters, mousepads, or mugs.
Who is behind Berlinica?
Berlinica is owned and run by Dr. Eva C. Schweitzer, a book author and former metro reporter from Berlin who divides her time between Berlin and New York City, where she works as a cultural correspondent. She has written seven books, the latest of which is about the Tea Party. Previously, she wrote Manhattan Moments, a short story collection.
What kind of media do you carry?
Berlinica offers fiction, contemporary titles as well as older ones, and non-fiction. Our non-fiction program focuses on 20th century Berlin history and guide books. We also publish a cookbook, books about the Berlin Wall, the Cold War, and photo books. We will have books about Berlin architecture, biographies, the Berlin art scene, and restaurants. Most of our softcovers are Print-on-Demand (PoD). We carry music from the Golden Twenties and Berlin movies (with English subtitles). In the future we will also be selling items such as games, cards, city maps, and everything else imaginable.
Print on Demand is a new, cutting-edge technology for printing books as they are ordered and ships them the same day. This is a fast, efficient, and environmentally friendly way of production. The printing is done in America. Not only does this preserve American jobs, it also saves fuel, since these books are not shipped half-way around the globe. PoD-books are not downloads; they are real books.
How can I find and buy your merchandise?
Our website, www.Berlinica.com, showcases our inventory and news about Berlin. It will soon let you buy books in bulk at a volume discount. In addition, all our books are distributed by Ingram and sold at Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com. They can be ordered by any bookstore. Our ebooks are available at the Kindle Store and any other device, such as the Nook, the Sony and the Kobo e-reader, the iPad, the iPhone, Android-phones, and BlackBerry. We also sell calendars, T-shirts, and mugs at www.Cafepress.com/Berlinica and www.Zazzle.com/Berlinica.
Where do you get your books from?
We buy licenses of German-language books for the U.S. market, mainly from Berlin-based publishing houses, and we translate them. We do not acquire books that already have an American publisher unless they’re out-of-print hardcovers we want to re-publish as a paperback. We also invite proposals from authors who have already published successful books in Berlin. As for content, we consider every note-worthy topic as long at it is Berlin-related, relevant, and of interest for an American audience.
At this point, no. That might change, but meanwhile please do not send me an unsolicited manuscript per snail mail. Keep in mind we are looking for books from authors in Berlin.
I’m a Berlin-based filmmaker or a musician. How do I get distributed by you?
We need a master disc, and a cover, or at least material for such a cover, as well as some biographical information and a photo of yourself. Movies must be subtitled in English. Then we’ll get your DVD or CD into distribution at Amazon.com and other channels, and we will also promote it on our website, and elsewhere. The proceeds will be divided according to our contract. The arrangement does not have to be exclusive. You need to make sure, though, that you own all the rights yourself.
I’m a Berlin-based publisher. How can I get my book into the USA?
If we find a book that we’re interested in, Berlinica will make you an offer. After we have a contract — which must be exclusive — Berlinica will make arrangements for translation, copy-editing, layout, proof-reading, printing, and listing at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other distributors. Since translations are expensive, it helps if there is an English version already or if you have a backer to finance a translation. We are happy to promote your backer in the book or on our website. We have editors to turn British English into American English. We can also sale the English version of your book back to you for distribution in German stores that cater to English-language tourists.
Only very limited. We don’t have retail store distribution in Germany, but we make our books available on Amazon.de. However, since technology is improving, that may change in the future. We do not act as a seller for books from American publishers in Germany and we do not sell German-language books in the United States.
I’m a publisher or an author. Will I get paid?
Yes! You will get paid, eventually. At this point, we are only paying royalties, as opposed to advances, even if you are Herta Müller. If you are an author, we would typically pay your Berlin-based publisher, who will then pay you according to your contract.
I own a Berlin or Berlin-style business catering to Americans. Can I place an ad?
Yes, you can! We offer banner ads and text ads on our website. You can also place a flyer as a free download on our website (free for the customer, not for you, of course). We can also place ads in our books, and we can produce, print, and distribute your promotional material at our book readings and other events. In those cases, we might accept payment in form of beer and bratwurst (in bulk). And we are happy to exchange links with Berlin-themed websites.
All our authors are available for interviews. They also do readings; but since most of our authors live in Berlin we need ample time to prepare. Also, they’ll need to get paid.
I’m running the German department of a University or a school. What can you do for us?
We offer books at a 40 percent volume discount. Also, we can make our authors, or experts (or the owner) available to speak to your students. We also plan to print mirror versions of books in German and English as teaching material in the future; the first one will be Kurt Tucholsky’s Berlin Berlin in 2012. In the future, we might also publish PhD dissertations for a fee if they’re about Berlin. We will also consider offering internships to students.
I‘m a huge Berlin fan, and I have way too much money. How can I help you?
Just fork it over . . . Seriously, you can make a tax-deductible donation to Berlinica to promote the publishing company or any single book, especially the translation for the book. You will be named in the book and thanked over and over again. You can even make suggestions for having a specific book translated. If you don’t have that much money, you can still become a paying member of the upcoming Berlinica fan club and get a free lapel pin, and books and other merchandise at a moderate discount. If you own a website that is even vaguely Berlin-related, we can exchange links and inform each others’ audiences about events.
Booksellers, wholesalers, German heritage organizations, Universities, and German Schools can buy books, CDs and DVDs at a bulk discount (plus shipping and handling). Discounts vary according to item and quantity, but are in the usual range. Since our system is not yet set up for credit cards, please email directly to info(at)berlinica(dot)com, and your order will be handled as quickly as possible. At this point, we cannot accept returns.
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Check out DANK, the German-American cultural organization based in Chicago:
We would like to introduce Germerica, a news website dedicated to all things German-American.
Berlin! The formerly divided city of the Wall is today's party city of the world. And Berlinica, a new publishing house, brings Berlin to America.
Berlinica was founded by Dr. Eva C. Schweitzer, an author, correspondent, and former metro reporter from Berlin, who lives in Manhattan.
Berlinica is a New-York-based multi-media publisher. It offers fiction, non-fiction, travel guides, history books, cookbooks, maps, movies on DVD, music CDs, and wall calendars. All of our titles are in English, or subtitled.
Coming soon: Bulk discounts available from this site for book stores and organizations. Until then, contact me at info (at) berlinica (dot) com.
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