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Ripping off the cover: Has digitization changed what's really in the book?

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Affiliations: 1: Born in 1956 in Graz, Austria, Ruediger Wischenbart is a consultant and writer specializing in culture, cultural industries, the global book markets, innovation in the book industry, literature, media and communication. He studied German and French literature at the University of Graz, where he earned his PhD in 1983. Most recently, in 2007, he researched and co-authored a study entitled a “Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry”, on international book statistics, prepared for UNESCO, IPA (International Publishers Association) and other international organizations. He wrote the “Diversity Report 2008” on the flow of book translations across Europe between 1979 and 2008. He also organized various conferences on the publishing industry, such as “China Publishing” at BookExpo America's Global Market Forum in Los Angeles in 2008; “On Translation” at Buch Wien in Vienna in 2008; and (together with Mike Shatzkin) the Big Questions Conference on digital publishing at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2001. He has written several books on Central and Southeast Europe, including Karpaten, die dunkle Seite Europas (1992) and Canettis Angst (1994). He served as director of communication to the Frankfurt Book Fair (from 1998 to 2001) and since 2003 runs his own company, Content and Consulting, in Vienna, Austria.;, URL:


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