The German Book Office New York - That’s us!

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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 Frankfurt Rights Meeting (formerly International 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

U.S. and German Book Market

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.

Some Impressions of the GBO New York

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Our Activities:

Editors' Trip

Each summer, GBO Director Riky Stock takes a group of North American editors to Germany for the annual Editors’ Trip. The week-long program is full of meetings and panels designed to offer participants the chance to explore the landscape of German publishing. This year's trip will be focused on the children's and YA publishing market in Germany, and will take place from June 26th to July 1st, 2016.

The participating editors will meet with their German counterparts, including German editors, publishers, and rights directors. There will also be visits to famous German book stores and the offices of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Keep an eye out for more information on the GBO's Editors’ Trip!

Festival Neue Literatur

For six years, FNL has been bringing six of the best up-and-coming German-language authors to New York, where they join well-known American writers in a series of conversations and readings.
The theme of this year’s Festival Neue Literatur was “Seriously Funny,” and took place from February 25th – 28th, 2016.

Festival Neue Literatur (FNL)

Promoting German Books

The GBO acts as a liaison between German rights departments and American editors and actively promotes all titles that are either featured in New Books in German, selected by Geisteswissenschaften International or presented in the Frankfurt Book Fair Children's List.
New Books in German (NBG), an independent magazine that recommends contemporary untranslated books from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is an excellent resource for American editors. NGB features fiction, nonfiction and children's books. Fiction titles by German authors are collaboratively selected by a UK bases jury as well as by the GBO and a US based jury, consisting of colleagues from the Goethe-Institut New York and Chicago and professionals with the American publishing industry.
The Geisteswissenschaften International - Translation Funding for Humanities and Social Sciences is awarded by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels - German Publishers & Booksellers Association, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, VG WORT and Germany's Federal Foreign Office to innovate original German-language works for humanities and social sciences. The GBO promotes all titles that receive this award and for which English language rights are still available. The GBO also helps US publishers in getting information about available rights and recommending suitable readers or translators.

Please click here for the most recent issue of the Frankfurt Book Fair Children’s List .

Working with Translators

Working with translators

New Translation Talent was discovered in a translation competition conducted by the Geisteswissenschaften International and the German Book Office. The three winners of the GINT Prize were announced in January 2015 and were awarded a prize money. The competition will be repeated in 2016 with the announcement of the winner in January 2017.
This year, the GBO hosted its fourth translator workshop at the Goethe-Institut New York. The participants of our TransLab-workshops are hand selected. We are pleased to be working with a new generation of talented literary translators.

Translators Database

The German Book Office and the Frankfurt Book Fair maintain a translator database to facilitate the quick and easy finding of suitable translators. If you regularly do translation work from German into English and would like to be considered for inclusion in the database, please contact us at

"50 books that travel"

50 original German titles from 26 publishers and their English translations from 53 publishers in the United States, Great Britain and the Commonwealth.
This selection – released on a biannual basis – clearly demonstrates the broad range of new and recent German titles available in English translation. This multifaceted collection, which includes fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, was compiled by "New Books in German" and the German Book Office, New York.

Catalogue "50 books that travel" 2015
(The next catalogue will be released in early 2017.)

Useful Information:

Publishing Perspectives

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German Books in English

Book of the Month

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U.S. Acquisitions List

Click on the acquisition lists below to find out which German books have been published in the US since 2013! Please note that this might not be a complete list. We are dependent on the feedback of German rights directors and US acquiring editors. Please email us if you know of a title we have missed.
U.S. Acquisitions

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