Guess what's making a comeback thanks to e-books? If you guessed Mein Kampf, you win.
I just checked Amazon's Kindle listings where you can find Der Fuhrer's handiwork in more than 10-editions. You may choose among the "special banned edition," the "1939 illustrated edition," the "Ford translation" edition, a few German-language editions, and the "complete and unabridged, fully annotated" edition.
For the record, I'm not a big believer in censorship but I find this wave of popularity of this e-book just a bit creepy. But, if you do buy it electronically, don't think someone won't be noticing. Everything you download these days is logged somewhere.
Writing on the website Vocativ.com, author and journalist Faraone claims that "more than a dozen free English-language versions of Mein Kampf have been downloaded in excess of 100,000 times from the nonprofit Internet Archive alone", while paid-for e-versions are outselling Glenn Beck on iTunes and entering the charts on Amazon.com - with a 99-cent version currently topping the retailer's propaganda and political psychology chart .
In the UK, an ebook of Mein Kampf, retailing for 99p, tops Amazon.co.uk's propaganda and spin chart and its fascism and Nazism chart, and sits in second place in its political science and ideology bestseller list.
Another 99-cent version, from publisher Elite Minds, sits in 11th place in Amazon.com's World War II charts. "Sales are great," publisher Michael Ford, told Faraone, admitting to the "moral dilemma" he would face if he were to promote the book and advocate "something that could be misused". "I have not heavily promoted the book and decided, for the most part, to let it spread among those who have a true historical and academic interest naturally," said Ford.