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Books About Germany

There are many books about Germany that go unnoticed. The intention of this page is to provide a list of great books about Germany. Then there will be suggestions on where to find them. With the internet, there are so many sources for books at the tip of your fingers, there are no excuses for not finding a book you might want.



There are publishers of books in German. That might be a little bit much for you, but then who knows. Click HERE for publishers in the German Language.

Here is a list of books about Germany and German subjects.

Here you will find a list of links providing additional information on subjects such as contemporary literature, the promotion of literature and the book trade in Germany.

Literary and cultural institutions

German Academy for Language and Literature, Darmstadt de
Key German institute for German language and literature with members from Germany and abroad.
German Literary Foundation, Darmstadt de
Supports German-language authors and German-language literature projects.
Berlin Literary Colloquium de
Key institute working to support authors and promote translation.
European Association of Translators, Straelen deen
The first international study centre for translators of fiction and non-fiction.
Berlin Literary WORKshop de
Organizes numerous international events featuring authors and translators.
literaturhä de
An umbrella organization for various big literary institutes in Germany and Austria.
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Review publications and literary magazines

Perlentaucher de
Provides daily reviews, a round up of the books pages of German daily newspapers and an extensive archive.
Berlin Zimmer – The Virtual Salon deen
Provides an annotated list of links, as well as articles about German-language literature and literature on the web.
Listen-Book Reviews de
Provides an overview of the latest publications on the German book market.
Literary Criticism de
A forum for reviews of German and world literature (Philipps-Universität Marburg).
Literatures – The Magazine for Books and Literary Topics de
Interesting articles on topical themes. New reviews each month of books by authors from Germany and abroad.
Poetry line deenar
An audio library of poetry. At the click of a button you can listen to authors reading from their works.
Literary magazine de
Online magazine featuring reviews and articles on the latest German and international literature.
wespennest - magazine of useful texts and literature de
Published quartely with texts by internationally renowned writers and interesting literary discoveries.
Words Without Borders - The Online Magazine for International Literature en
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Directories and research tools

Lyrikwelt de
Extensive internet portal on German literature featuring portraits of writers, reviews and specimen texts.
Carpe Literature Online de
Provides information about literature on the web.
The Futuristic Literary Salon deen
Provides an annotated list of links to literary projects and to literature online (Stuttgart City Library).
Addresses and Information about the Book and Media Business – Uschtrin Press de
Offers a comprehensive list of links.
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Literary awards and prizes

Adalbert von Chamisso Award of the Robert Bosch Foundation de
An award made for outstanding literary achievements by authors writing in German whose native language is not German.
Georg Büchner Prize de
Lists every prize-winner since 1951 (German Academy for Language and Literature).
Ingeborg Bachmann Prize / Klagenfurt Festival of German-Language Literature de
Provides video clips of the readings and debates (RealPlayer).
Peace Prize of the German Book Trade de
Lists every prize-winner since 1950 (Association of Geman Publishers and Booksellers).
German Prize for Literature for Young People de
Prize awarded by the Association for Literature for Young People.
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Literature festivals and book fairs

Frankfurt Book Fair deen
6th – 11th October 2004
Leipzig Book Fair deen
25th – 28th March 2004
Berlin International Literary Festival deen
Festival with readings by authors from around the world.
lit.COLOGNE – International Literary Festival de
Festival with readings by authors from Germany and abroad. 17th – 21st March 2004
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Information on the German book market

Magazine for the German Book Trade de
Magazine serving the German book trade. The official publication of the Association for German Publishers and Booksellers.
Book Report de
Magazine aimed at German-language publishers and booksellers. Features bestseller lists, a directory of publishers etc.
Book Market de
Magazine aimed at German publishers and booksellers. Lists useful addresses and provides up-to-the-minute information about the German book trade.
Goethe - Institut website on the book trade and publishers deen
Provides brief information and presents the developments in the German book market.
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German literature abroad

The German Book Office New York en
Supplies American publishers with information about the latest German publications.
New Books in German (London) en
Twice-yearly English-language magazine providing reviews of new books by German-language authors.
German Book Centres Abroad deen
Overseas offices of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Offices in Bucharest, Peking, Moscow, Warsaw and New York. deenar
Internet portal, concerted effort of several German Institutions to promote dialogue with the Islamic world.
Goethe - Institut theatre library deen
Provides information on new plays in German and many translations which may be ordered by e-mail.
Goethe - Institut literature pages deen
Provides information on current issues and events in the field of German literature.
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Literature and translation promotion programmes

Goethe-Institut deen
Supports the translation of books by German authors into other languages.
Pro Helvetia deen
Swiss cultural foundation. Supports the translation of books by Swiss authors into other languages.
Austrian Federal Chancellery, Department for Art and Culture de
Supports the translation of Austrian authors into other languages.
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Where to find the book you want.

The best way to obtain a book to read is through the library in your town. Admittedly the computer card catalog might present a barrier to access for some users. But you are here on the computer. Chances are, that is not you. But if you do have a problem finding a book in your library, then ask a librarian. They are pleased to offer help in finding items in their library for you. The card catalog for your local library might also be online.

If you can not find what you want at your local library, ask your reference librarian about inter library loan. Many county libraries and even state libraries can access books from nearby libraries. They don't even charge you postage. Check into this. You might not have to buy the book you want to read. Red MORE about inter library loan. When you get to the Google search box, enter the name of your city and state to get nearby locations.

The Library of Congress in DC has most books. If you want to search for appropriate books, that card catalog might be a good place to start. Then if you know what you want, you are more apt to find it quickly. Also if you happen to be in Washington DC you can fill out a call slip at the LOC and someone will go looking for the book for you. No charge beyond taxes. Click HERE to be connected to the Library of Congress data base for a search.

There are books online available for a free download. The Gutenberg Project has an index. Click HERE to see it. Here is a sample.

About Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).

Project Gutenberg is the brainchild of Michael Hart, who in 1971 decided that it would be a really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were freely available to everyone in the world. Since then, he has been joined by hundreds of volunteers who share his vision.
Now, more than thirty years later, Project Gutenberg has the following figures (as of November 8th 2002): 203 New eBooks released during October 2002, 1975 New eBooks produced in 2002 (they were 1240 in 2001) for a total of 6267 Total Project Gutenberg eBooks. 119 eBooks have been posted so far by Project Gutenberg of Australia.

Click here for the full PG story and here for the latest News, and learn about the Stockholm Challenge Award recently won by Project Gutenberg in the category "Culture".

Other books can be read online. Click HERE to see what is available.

Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature

This page lists Internet sources for literary texts in the western European languages other than English. Translations are mentioned only when they are included in collections of original language texts, or when they are themselves of interest. Collections are listed more or less in order of size; individual authors are listed alphabetically. EuRoDocs lists many historical and social science texts in western European languages.

There are eBooks for downloading. Click HERE to see what is available. is a great resource for obtaining books online.

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Here is a list of other locations on the internet where you can search for the book you seek.

Best Book Search ABE Books
Used Book Search
Amazon New Books
Harvest Books
Publishers Weekly

Colleges across the USA have indexes of various sorts to help students. Here are a few of these indexes of French subject books. Click HERE to see what is available.

German Literature

LitLinks Links zu Online-Texten der deutschen und ins Deutsche übersetzten Literatur gesammelt von Helmut Schulze is a comprehensive listing of German texts arranged by author.

Literatur im Netz and Literaturwelt have descriptive entries for contemporary literature published on the Web and for literary journals on the Web.

Classici Stranieri includes many German e-books formatted to be read with Microsoft Reader (.lit).

Erlanger Liste-Digitale Texte provides an overview of German and some other text collections in the Internet, including some searchable collections that are not set up for reading and so do not appear in author lists.

Retrospektive Digitalisierung wissenschaftlicher Rezensionsorgane und Literaturzeitschriften des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem deutschen Sprachraum
Collection of 18th and 19th century journals with many literary contributions. Use the search form to find authors and works.


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