Thursday, May 24, 2012

Nele Neuhaus, German Best-Selling Crime Novel Writer Began with Books-on-Demand and Now Has Topped Two Million Sold with a Film Under Way

Category: Crime Novels, Book Publishing and Books on Demand Success Story

The article that is linked below is in German, but you can easily run it through Google Translate and/or the Bing Microsoft Translator and get the main points.

See Mit wenig Geld zum eigenen Buch.

Sabrina Kessler at the German magazine Wirtschafts-Woche (WiWo, Economic Weekly) tells the tale of Nele Neuhaus, best-selling German crime novelist whose book sales have now reached beyond the two million mark.

Her books are thus far available in 20 countries, though I have yet to find English translations, which one would assume would soon be forthcoming.

The first film based on one of her books is also in the making.

Neuhaus started with book-on-demand publisher Monsenstein und Vannerdat and is now under contract at Ullstein Verlag (Neuhaus, here and here).

We have read three of her books thus far and can say that she is a very talented writer whose success will be matched by very few authors.

Nevertheless, it is a great books-on-demand success story.

Credit Card Charges in Europe: EU General Court Upholds European Commission Ruling Against MasterCard While Competition Commissioner Readies Charges Against Visa Europe

A European Commission competition ruling in 2007 prohibiting multilateral interchange fees by MasterCard was upheld by the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union on May 24, 2012.

For the text of the ruling, see European Court of Justice judgment T-111/08 MasterCard and Others v Commission (Competition).

The European Commission ruling had a significant effect on credit card charges at the time, as MasterCard halved its charges in 2009 to avoid penalties.

Visa Europe reduced debit card charges in 2010, but EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia has said that fees on card transactions are too high and that formal charges against Visa Europe are being readied.

Crossposted at EU Pundit.

Federal Jury Finds Google's Android Software Does Not Infringe Oracle Patents: What Now?

The AP has the lead story at the San Francisco Chronicle in Jury: Google didn't infringe on Oracle patents and Declan McCullagh at CNET News asks: Oracle v. Google: After the jury verdict, what happens next?

As written by Reuters at The Guardian in Google's Android doesn't infringe Oracle's patents, jury decides, some key legal questions remain to be decided by Judge Alsup, but the worst scenario has been avoided.

We are tickled pink with the jury result, which greatly reduces the possibility of injunctions against the sale of Android OS devices, but nevertheless abide by our previously expressed opinion that juries should not be deciding technology cases involving patents.

Is justice blind? Yes.

We loved the image of Justice at the above-cited CNET article and link to it here. Make sure you read the article:

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