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UPDATE: A few minutes after I posted this, Kos himself adressed the issue. I'd remove the diary, but that would mean removing points from people, I think. So I'm leaving it. And the comments are good in any case. Do these figures make sense?  I don't think so.

On the Drudge frontpage:

BOOK SALES SOS: CARVILLE/BEGALA BOOK BUST, 'TAKE IT BACK' SELLS 17,734 COPIES SINCE JAN. RELEASE, ACCORDING TO NIELSEN'S BOOKSCAN; WONKETTE ANA MARIE COX 'DOG DAYS' 5,383 COPIES SOLD... DAILY KOS 'CRASHING THE GATE' ONLY 253 COPIES PURCHASED, NIELSEN CLAIMS...

I don't have access to the Nielsen figures for booksales, but we can all look at Amazon.com.  Here's what they report:

On Carville/Begala: "Amazon.com Sales Rank: #3,141 in Books...Yesterday: #6,661 in Books"

For Crashing the Gates "#830 in Books ... Yesterday: #1,177 in Books"

What's going on?  Kos seems right now to be doing much better that the Carville/Begala team.  OK, the Nielsen figures are for over2+ months, but it still looks fishy.

My ability to respond is limited for most of today, but this looks too suspicious to wait on it.

And maybe we should each buy a copy of CtheG, just to improve ourselves.

Originally posted to JPete on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 08:05 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  don't buy a copy (none)
    of Crashing the Gate. Buy TWO copies, and give one to someone who really needs to read it.
  •  Good Read (none)
    I am about halfway through Crashing the Gates and I like it a lot.  It is well written and gives good criticism.  I am hopeful the 2nd half will give lots of advice we can follow.

    Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. -Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939 [-4.38, -3.18]

    by peteri2 on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 08:06:54 AM PST

  •  Remember to ask your local (4.00)
    library to order a copy!

    Now that China gets Iran oil, are we after Darfur oil?

    by mattes on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 08:07:54 AM PST

  •  Interesting article on lists (none)
    From WaPo on making best seller lists, here.  Includes discussion on how the NYT, LA Times and Neilsen gather data for their lists.

    A vote for the Democrats is a vote for Democracy. A vote for the Republicans is a vote for Empire.

    by Bionic on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 08:39:16 AM PST

  •  already diaried, and by kos himself (none)
    it's a good idea to read the front page before you post a duplicate diary.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. IMPEACH

    by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 08:50:06 AM PST

    •  but I do agree (none)
      that everyone who hasn't done so already should buy two copies of CTG (there's a link at the top of the front page).  one for yourself and one to pass along to friends and family who need to hear the message.

      also, call all your local bookstores and ask them if they have it.  They don't--it's not officially released yet, but that will help drive pre-orders.

      It is a good idea to call your local library and ask if they are planning to get it.  don't worry that if it is available in the library that may stop some people from buying it--it will never be on the shelves and some people will get so tired of waiting for it that they will order their own copy.

      Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. IMPEACH

      by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 08:58:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  LOOK AT THE TIME STAMP! (none)
      Mine was on first.  

      IMPEACH

      -5.75; -7.44

      by JPete on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 09:05:42 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  i stand corrected (none)
        you might as well leave it up now.

        and you do have a little bit of unique commentary in your main post by including the Amazon rankings, so it is worth reading.

        sorry I accused you!

        Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. IMPEACH

        by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 09:22:00 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

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