Of Germans and Sheep
This won’t mean much to anyone but me, but on the other hand it’s my blog. So: I think it’s very cool that in the now three full months since the German version of The Android’s Dream has been out, it’s not once dropped out of the Amazon.de top ten list for science fiction. Indeed, at this very moment (10:38pm eastern time, 4/5/09) it’s at number two on the list. That’s some pretty cool longevity.
Bear in mind that the Amazon.de ranking system works like any other Amazon ranking system — which is to say, it only tells you how the book is doing relative to other books in the system, not what unit sales are. But I’ve also chatted with my German publishers, who tell me the unit sales have been quite healthy as well — it’s selling better than the English language version of TAD did at the same point in its sales cycle, which is saying something considering the US has four times the population. Which again makes me pretty damn happy.
As I’ve said before, I’m quite fond of this particular book, which is often overshadowed by the OMW series, so it’s nice to see TAD get its moment in the sun, even if it had to go to Germany to get it. And if nothing else, when I get around to finishing The High Castle, I know it will sell in at least one foreign market. So thanks, Germany. Really glad you like the book.