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(Forbes)   Got $200,000? Your crappy self-help book can be a New York Times bestseller, if you don't mind buying your way onto the list   (forbes.com) divider line 61
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2013-02-23 01:47:35 AM

sweet-daddy-2: Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book made it to a best seller's list. It's hard to imagine Hoffman, being the man he was at that time,using this method.I,like many others,followed the title's advice and obtained a free copy.

I'm also sober and the brain is in malfunction mode.


CSB time:
My friends and I found an anarchist bookstore in Berkeley while Xmas shopping.  After about 10-15 minutes we each had selected a few books to buy.  The bookstore dude waked up to us, pulled a copy of Steal This Book off the shelf, and complained loudly to himself, "What is the point of running an anarchist bookstore if people don't even have the decency to steal your copy of Steal This Book?  I'm just going to casually set it down behind this display..."  Then he want back to the register, sat down and turned away from us.

I already had a copy (which I paid for, like a dumb-ass) but my buddy JR'bOb' was kind enough to help the poor fellow out.

I had never considered buying my way into a best-seller list before.
Now it is all I can think about...
 
2013-02-23 01:47:52 AM

Slartibartfaster: jaylectricity: Didn't we just hear about Prince including a copy of his CD as part of his concert ticket purchase price to make it seem like he had sold more copies than he actually had?

anyone who goes to a concert is a fan (or pussy whipped boyfriend of a fan)
this is not similar to bulk purchasing


Its exactly the same. Prince would not give CDs away at his own concert if there was a chance the fans would actually buy it from his vendor table in the back.

Has he done anything good since Under the Cherry Moon anyhow?
 
2013-02-23 02:16:50 AM

Kensey: This sounds like the kind of thing Rich Shapero did (and apparently continues to do) with Wild Animus.  I got a free copy when he was giving them away for the asking to BookCrossing members -- it was so terrible that it actually provoked complaints.  It is stunningly bad, and I mean that in the nearly literal sense that if you read too much too long, it will have a severe impact on your higher cognition.

If you want to read the first three chapters out of sheer morbid curiosity, here you go.  You've been warned.


Heh. I haven't thought of this in years, but some years ago this random guy (possibly the author) was giving out copies of this book at a concert I went to. It was so farking godawful, I couldn't even get through the first chapter.

The Amazon reviews are pretty funny though.


I Have Some Wild Animosity for this Book...
 
2013-02-23 04:56:47 AM

I sound fat: Well, that certainly would be helping yourself.

/ and the pointless hate of conservative women is STRONG in this thread.  Seriously.  You guys should really deal with your obsession of Sarah Palin before you get arrested for kidnapping her.


i think Sarah is pretty and I'd love to toss her some lovemaking if she promised not to talk.
 
2013-02-23 05:41:25 AM
200k, 0.2M; unit

/picasso buying drinks with paintings . snl skit
//snlskitpicassoartfunny
///when i write my memwires, i should be able to get a chapter or two out of this.tm
 
2013-02-23 07:03:59 AM

cc_rider: Heh. I haven't thought of this in years, but some years ago this random guy (possibly the author) was giving out copies of this book at a concert I went to. It was so farking godawful, I couldn't even get through the first chapter.


I actually made it all the way through that turd.  But then, I'm a stubborn bastard.

Apparently Shapero hired veritable armies of people to push this book on the public.  I heard he even hired people to stage protests against it.  Oh, and it now comes with a set of CDs and an art booklet or something, reputed to be of equal quality to the novel.

The Amazon reviews are pretty funny though.
I Have Some Wild Animosity for this Book...


Oh that review's beautiful man.  Kinda the same style as Mark Twain's "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses".
 
2013-02-23 08:20:01 AM

SpdrJay: So theoretically I could pay someone to ghost write a book for me, pay NYT to put it on their awesome list, and then go on tour promoting said book and.... 3) Profit!!!

I'm calling the book "Catcher in the Sky"--there'll be aliens and teen angst, maybe some kinda gay subtext or skateboarders.....


Ewww...

I'm totally kidding btw.
 
2013-02-23 09:04:12 AM

Kensey: This sounds like the kind of thing Rich Shapero did (and apparently continues to do) with Wild Animus.  I got a free copy when he was giving them away for the asking to BookCrossing members -- it was so terrible that it actually provoked complaints.  It is stunningly bad, and I mean that in the nearly literal sense that if you read too much too long, it will have a severe impact on your higher cognition.

If you want to read the first three chapters out of sheer morbid curiosity, here you go.  You've been warned.


Wow. I got 3 written pages in and stopped. That is bad.
 
2013-02-23 10:23:05 AM

Kensey: This sounds like the kind of thing Rich Shapero did (and apparently continues to do) with Wild Animus. . . If you want to read the first three chapters out of sheer morbid curiosity, here you go. You've been warned.


Meh.  I lasted about ten pages but I've read worse.  The flaws are glaring, but unless it gets much worse, not the sort of thing that can't be fixed in a subsequent draft.  I just stopped caring.
 
2013-02-23 01:14:37 PM
Uh hello, recall "Dianetics", by L. Ron Hubbard?

Those guys were pulling tricks to get that book unto the NYT bestseller list back in the 80's.
 
2013-02-23 11:33:20 PM

dragonchild: Kensey: This sounds like the kind of thing Rich Shapero did (and apparently continues to do) with Wild Animus. . . If you want to read the first three chapters out of sheer morbid curiosity, here you go. You've been warned.

Meh.  I lasted about ten pages but I've read worse.  The flaws are glaring, but unless it gets much worse, not the sort of thing that can't be fixed in a subsequent draft.  I just stopped caring.


Oh, it gets worse.  Much worse, indeed.  And that last sentence is perilously close to the Eight Deadly Words...  The whole problem with unedited novels is that first draft is all you're going to get, so unless it's by a brilliant writer whose first draft is pure gold, it's going to suck mud from the word go.  (See also Anne Rice vs. the Amazon reviews for Blood Canticle.)  In other words, the self-publication of Wild Animus is probably far from coincidental...
 
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