The 2020 bestseller lists from Germany reflect readers’ interest in both engaging with current affairs and escaping into great stories.
In April, German bookstores saw hardcover and first-edition paperbacks sales drop by 47.3 percent, according to Börsenblatt magazine.
In a strong year for nonfiction sales, Germany’s bestsellers of 2019 reflect a robust group of fiction and nonfiction titles by new and familiar authors.
Following the release of German book market data from 2018, the country’s publishers turn their attention to issues facing their industry in 2019.
In fiction, thriller writer Sebastian Fitzek tops the list of Germany’s bestselling books in 2018. In nonfiction, the top-selling title is Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming.’
In Germany e-books represent just 5.4% of book revenue, but the segment is growing and should get a boost from the country’s first e-book bestseller lists.
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 …
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. Thalia witnessed a corresponding increase in e-book sales, with figures …