‘Mein Kampf’ is an e-book bestseller

BY newsdesk  January 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM EDT

“Mein Kampf” was first published in 1925. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

“Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic manifesto, has recently climbed up several electronic book bestsellers lists on Amazon and iTunes.

Two different digital versions of the ideological screed, selling for $0.99 and $2.99, ranked 12th and 15th respectively the week of Jan. 6 in the Politics & Current section of Apple’s iTunes book store. As of the same week, the Kindle version ranked No. 1 in the Propaganda & Political psychology section.

While more than 100 print and audio variations of “Mein Kampf” are for sale on Amazon, it’s the six e-book versions of the book that are among the 10 best-selling versions overall.

Following a trend seen with “50 Shades of Grey” and other erotic romance novels, author Chris Faraone explains in an article on the website Vocativ that sales of the book have jumped due to people’s ability to read it privately on their mobile devices. People might not have wanted to buy the controversial book at Borders or have it displayed on their living room bookshelf, let alone get spotted reading it on a subway,” he said, “but judging by hundreds of customer comments online, readers like that digital copies can be quietly perused and dropped into a folder or deleted.

“I think I waited 45 years to read Hitler’s words,” wrote one reviewer.