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Adolf Hitler's autobiography 'Mein Kampf' ranks high in e-book sales

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Adolf Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf' (My Struggle) is seeing a surge in e-book sales, more than 75 years since the publication made the New York Times' nonfiction chart after its 1939 U.S. release.

Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic book "Mein Kampf" is seeing a sudden surge in e-book sales.

The autobiography, which details the Nazi leader's racist agenda of spreading the Aryan race, ranked No. 1 in Amazon Deal Online's "Propaganda & Political Psychology" section Friday night and was also among iTunes' top 20 books.

Vocativ reports that it's been 75 years since the publication made the New York Times' nonfiction chart after its U.S. release in 1939 - the year Germany invaded Poland. Print sales have fallen since.

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Though the reasons behind the surge in the e-book's sales remain unknown, many attribute it to the anonymity of online purchases.

"These are things that people would be embarrassed to read otherwise," Vocativ's reporter Chris Faraone told ABC.

Faraone compared Hitler's work to the online sales of erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," which was the first novel to sell more than one million copies on Amazon's Kindle e-reader, as London's Evening Standard reported in 2012.

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"Books that people would probably be a bit more embarrassed to read or display or buy in public, they are more than willing to buy on their Kindle, or iPads," said Faraone.

Elite Minds Inc., which publishes Hitler's 99 cent version, told the Los Angeles Times that their sales were due primarily to "academic interest."

Most Amazon users who reviewed the novel online hinted at the same reason.

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"Essential reading if you want to learn of the upbringing, experiences, and mindset of one of the most evil people of the last century," wrote one Amazon reviewer who gave it five stars.

"Required reading for everyone who is interested in finding out what really fueled the thinking behind what caused the Second World War," wrote another who equally gave it five stars.

Many who gave it just one star described it as either "boring" or available to download for free as a PDF.

ngolgowskI@nydailynews.com

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