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. Operating out of the Goethe-Institut New York, 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 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 and check out the Frankfurt Book Fair blogs..

The GBO is funded by the German Federal Office

Our Activities:

Editor's 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 was focused on independent publishers with stops in Berlin and Frankfurt, and ran from June 22 to 28, 2014.
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 three 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.
Stay tuned for the fifth edition of FNL from February 19 – 22, 2015.

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 nonfiction recommendations selected by Geisteswissenschaften International.

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

Please click here for all available nonfiction titles featured in New Books in German between 2010 and today.

Working with translators

Translators Workshop

In 2012, the German Book Office held a Translation Competition to foster an interest in German-language translation. The office received over 100 submissions, which were judged in two rounds: the first round by the GBO, and the second round by a panel of distinguished translators and editors in the New York publishing arena. The result was one winner, Kurt Beals, and one runner-up, Elizabeth Janik. Beals was awarded a cash prize to translate the first 15 pages of Nora Bossong's “Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung”.

Due to the great interest in the previous year’s translation competition, and in response to the ever-increasing numbers of requests for translators from US editors, the GBO decided to create a more involved translation-related event with two goals: to cultivate talent and to connect translators with editors. This led to translator Susan Bernofsky organizing a day-long workshop filled with conversations and revising of translations, including appearances by editors Declan Spring of New Directions and Tom Mayer of W.W. Norton.

For more information about the 2013 workshop, please visit the New Books in German website to read an article about the event.

The GBO will host another similar workshop in the second half of 2014, so check back for more details and our plans evolve!

Translators Database

The German Book Office and the Frankfurt Book Fair both maintain translator databases 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 send your CV and a sample translation (if possible, and preferably with a copy of the original text) to

Some Impressions of the GBO New York

Director GBO New York
Riky  Stock
German Book Office New York, Inc.
Riky Stock
t: +1 212 794 2851
f: +1 212 794 2870
17 Battery Place, Suite 906
New York, NY 10004
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Festival Neue Literatur

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Press release January 2015

Three Young Translators Awarded in First Nonfiction Translation Competition
The winners of the first nonfiction translation competition from Geisteswissenschaften International and the German Book Office New York have been announced.
The winners are

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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

U.S. and German book market

Production of print books by traditional publishers slowed in the United States in 2013, declining from 309,957 titles in 2012 to a projected 304,912 titles in 2013, according to Bowker. The two percent decrease reverses the sector’s growth in 2012 over 2011, but points to a relatively stable market for print works despite competition from ebooks.
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U.S. Book market

In Germany, the industry's sales turnover increased in 2009 by 0.8 per cent to just under 9.7 billion euros, having risen by 0.4 per cent in 2008. The classic retail book trade ended 2009 with a zero in the black (+ 0.1 per cent), having had to take a loss of 1.5 per cent the year before. Department stores suffered yet another considerable drop in sales at a figure of just under 20 per cent. Book clubs also registered a drop of 20 per cent, after a decline of 1.8 per cent in 2008. The mail order trade was the big winner again in 2009, increasing its sales by 11.4 per cent. But this increase is entirely accounted for by online book sales, which are estimated to have risen by around 15 per cent.

After an only small increase of 0.6 per cent in 2008, sales for German book publishing companies rose by a clear 3.8 per cent in 2009.

As of May 2010, the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – German Publishers & Booksellers Association – had 5,787 members, including 1,833 publishing companies and 3,814 bookselling businesses.

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