Holiday Book Sales Still Down in Deutschland

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary


The final weekend of the holiday shopping season was not exactly a source of holiday cheer for booksellers in Germany.  Sales fell 6.2% from the results for the same weekend in 2008, likely due in part to sub-freezing temperatures and snowfall throughout the country. The results were provided exclusively to the Boersenblatt by Media Control GfK International. The top-selling book was once again Das verlorene Symbol (The Lost Symbol) by Dan Brown and jumping from the sixth position to second was Stieg Larsson’s Verblendung (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

About the Author

Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.