Monday, October 24, 2011

Quote of the Day (October 24, 2011)

GOP Primary by the Books
Jason Pinter, at The Daily Beast:
“Palin’s 2009 book, Going Rogue, has sold a whopping 1,392,225 copies in hardcover, over 4 times as many as the rest of the current GOP field combined. Her 2010 follow-up, America by Heart, sold a ‘mere’ 285,362, still nearly as many as the entire current Republican field. Palin’s first book is in rarified air, as one of only six tomes by a politician in the last decade to sell over a million copies.”
- JP


  1. The figure he reports is from Bookscan, which leaves out WalMart, Sam's Club, Costco, Target, and other big box stores. Publishers Weekly, which is considered more accurate, reports that Going Rogue sold well over 2 million copies in 2009 alone, including over 700,000 in its first week. It has to be remembered that GR remained on the bestsellers list for the first few weeks in January 2010, and remained in the money making range for much longer, so, it may have sold close to 3 million copies by now, especially if you add in the audio version, the Kindle verstion, and the paperback version.

  2. I'm one of those who owns a copy of "America by Heart". My husband bought me a signed copy for Christmas, and it holds pride of place in our bookshelves. It's a book worth keeping - and not just for the autograph!