By Siobhan O’Leary
From Barnes & Noble to the German grocery chain Rewe, it is not uncommon these days to hear about retailers (book and otherwise) trying their hand at publishing books.
In an interview with WirtschaftsWoche, Michael Busch, who heads up the largest German book chain Thalia, was asked if the chain has plans to publish its own line of inexpensive printed books. Though Busch said that the chain has no immediate plans to join the ranks of booksellers-cum-publishers, he did say he would “consider publishing e-books under the Thalia brand to increase the range of digital content available to customers.”
Busch added that “publishers have been much too slow to make digital content available.”