Einar & Bert receives German Bookstore Award 2017 16. September 2017 – Posted in: News
Paul Tischler and Clemens Kröger traveled to Hannover. Despite bad weather, there was reason to celebrate: The Minister of State for Culture and the Media, Monika Grütters, has awarded 117 independent and owner-managed bookstores with the German Bookstore Award. And fortunately: Einar & Bert was among them!
At the award ceremony in Schloss Herrenhausen, the Minister of State for Culture declared: “‘Convincing offenders’ out of love for the book – these are the booksellers we today honor with the German Bookstore Prize: they are all missionary in the best sense, as advocates of unknown authors and as ambassadors of independent publishers. They awaken and strengthen the enthusiasm for reading and are reliable pilots on intellectual new territory away from the bestseller lists. Above all, the prizes – and the undoubted stamps of quality – should give the classic bookstores even more attention: public awareness, which also helps to bring online customers back into the bookstores with innovative business models.
Monika Grütters continues: “With the German Bookstore Award, we not only acknowledge the contribution of small, owner-managed bookstores to the protection of literary, publishing and cultural diversity in Germany. We are also turning against the degradation of a cultural asset to a mere commodity, against the management of a spiritual monoculture, in which only survives, which has high sales figures. For this we need the book price binding, which applies for exactly one year also for electronic books. But we also need the guarantors of the mixed culture: the bookstores ‘around the corner’, the neighborhood bookstores, the booksellers, who are at work with great enthusiasm and enthusiasm. ”
The German bookstore prize, which is endowed with prize money totaling 850,000 euros, has been awarded to three bookstores since 2015, whose annual turnover has been less than one million euros in the last three years. The winners receive a seal of approval, combined with premiums of € 7,000, € 15,000 and € 25,000 respectively. In addition, this year nine bookstores, whose average turnover over the past three years exceeded one million euros, have been awarded an undoubted seal of quality. For the first time, a special prize for outstanding and long-standing contributions to the German book trade will be awarded.
A list of all winners can be found here.