Adapted Hist-Fic Huge on German Boob Tube, Tie-ins Take Off Too

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary Author and literary critic Elke Heidenreich once wielded enough power to make a book a bestseller in Germany simply by mentioning it on her television show Lesen!. When ZDF cancelled her show in late 2008 amidst controversial debates about its quality, many saw it as a sign that television networks now deemed books too unsexy for prime …

End of Year Sales Bode Well for German E-book Market

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book chain Thalia reported its highest sales to date for its Oyo Reader in December, according to buchreport. The device — which reached stores in November — was one of Thalia’s top 5 bestselling products and, perhaps surprisingly, most of them were sold in-store rather than online.┬áThalia witnessed a corresponding increase in e-book sales, with figures …