Is Thalia Thinking About Publishing E-books?

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary


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.”

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.