ZDF Television (German public television) and Bild am Sonntag magazine have allegedly created a list of the books most stolen from the 15 largest German publishers during the Frankfurt Book Fair, as reported by ABC News, Reuters, and the New York Post. However, extensive Google research has turned up no such list. So I guess we don’t actually get to see which books were stolen the most. This tantilizing tidbit has me on pins and needles. If anyone has this list, I want to see it!
The English-language reports say that among the top stolen books was the German version of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Instead of getting upset that their books are being stolen by sticky-fingered fair-goers, the German publishers rely on this as an indication of which books will become best-sellers. Among the other books mentioned as best-seller potentials were German Book Prize winner Julia Franck’s Die Mittagsfrau and Dan Brown’s Diabolus.