This according to the Guardian, who quotes a post by journalist Chris Faraone on Vocativ.com. Hitler’s manifesto, published in 1925, has already been downloaded more than 100,000 times from the Internet Archive. Additionally, cheap ebook versions in the U.K. currently top the “Nazism and fascism” and “propaganda and spin” charts, and are nearly in the top 10 in historical categories like “World War II.”
A publisher confirmed to Faraone that sales were strong, though promotion is minimal to nonexistent for obvious reasons. Faraone speculates that electronic copies are selling so much better than the print version due to “cultural curiosity,” and because the e-book can be purchased and read more privately than the print version. He even compared it to other books with negative connotations like 50 Shades of Grey, though he was careful to distinguish between E.L. James’ softcore pornography and Hitler’s political extremism.
“People might not have wanted to buy Mein Kampf at Borders or have it delivered to their home or displayed on their living room bookshelf, let alone get spotted reading it on a subway, but judging by hundreds of customer comments online, readers like that digital copies can be quietly perused then dropped into a folder or deleted,” Faraone wrote.