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Thieves help compile German bestseller list

Date 17 Oct 2007
Author The Editor

The Frankfurt Book Fair has an indicator to help publishers gauge public interest in the new offerings presented at the annual exhibition - the unofficial "most stolen book" index. Bild am Sonntag and Germany's ZDF television have come up with lists of titles most stolen from 15 leading German publishers' stands set up in the Frankfurt trade fair grounds.

Claudia Hanssen of the Goldmann Verlag publishing house said: "The most-stolen books are usually the most-sold later on. They're the popular ones and are most likely to end up on the best-seller lists."

The German translation of Nobel Peace prizewinner Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," outlining the dangers of global warming, featured among the mainly German titles on the list.


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  2. Really!

    Anne-Maria Brown 9:29 17 Oct 2007

    Just a thought. Instead of celebrating perhaps more should be done to stop books being stolen!

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