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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   ( divider line
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2013-02-22 09:13:30 PM  
4 votes:
I am a voracious reader. Given that, I never use the NYT "Bestseller" list(s) to add content to my e-reader. When a "book" like 50 Shades of Gray can be on the list for almost a year...well, that should tell you something. Love to read? Ask your friends/family for recommendations. At least Amazon gives you some direction based on your previous buying history.
2013-02-22 09:07:10 PM  
2 votes:
Doing this with a book titled "How To Buy Your Way Onto the New York Times Bestseller List" would be a fun (if ultimately pointless) Kickstarter.
2013-02-22 09:03:24 PM  
2 votes:
2013-02-22 06:11:47 PM  
2 votes:
Did Forbes report this when the RNC bought thousands of Palin's book?
2013-02-23 01:45:47 AM  
1 vote:

I sound fat: the pointless hate of conservative women

Well, if they were conservative women, they wouldn't have gone out of their way to annoy us by speaking without being spoken to, would they have?
2013-02-23 12:44:29 AM  
1 vote:

cptjeff: fusillade762: BuckTurgidson: [ image 192x262]


Heh. A friend of mine got one of her books as a gift from a conservative relative and gave it to me. I read about half of it before I began to worry that rolling my eyes that much was going to make them get stuck that way. When I took it (with a bunch of other books) to Powell's to sell the guy gave me a look and pushed it back. Sheepishly I was like "It was a gift." It was the only book out of about 20 or so they wouldn't take.

I found a use for those. I grab a few every once in a while from the church sale (liberal group, probably from relatives, and they usually just throw 'em out when donated), and give them to the dog as she needs new ones. She's always loved chewing books, and usually that means library books or new purchases, since they smell interesting. Eventually we gave in and started giving her her own, and like with shoes, she stopped chewing ours. For a long time, she was on a diet of old textbooks and whatnot in the local used bookstore's free book pile, but I decided it was funnier to give her Rush Limbaugh and Twilight. As long as it's a hardcover, she doesn't care.

Awesome. Someone finally found a use for Ann Coulter.
2013-02-22 11:45:11 PM  
1 vote:
It's a SELF HELP book, you morans.  What don't you fools get about this?
2013-02-22 11:31:45 PM  
1 vote:

2013-02-22 09:54:53 PM  
1 vote:
Wait until people find out a boatload of books supposedly written by captains of industry, celebrities and others are actually penned by well paid ghost writers. Oh, the horror!
2013-02-22 09:49:08 PM  
1 vote:

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
2013-02-22 09:43:11 PM  
1 vote:
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.....
2013-02-22 09:31:04 PM  
1 vote:
This type of thing goes on with every type of media in one form or another.
2013-02-22 09:23:51 PM  
1 vote:
I'm self-helping myself to the taco bar!
2013-02-22 09:02:07 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah, that's pretty evil.
2013-02-22 09:01:42 PM  
1 vote:
Scientology just buys copies of their own books, then sells them right back to the bookstore. Seems like that's an easier approach.
2013-02-22 09:00:56 PM  
1 vote:
2013-02-22 06:32:28 PM  
1 vote:

johnryan51: Did Forbes report this when the RNC bought thousands of Palin's book?

Pretty sure her book had the icon next to it to indicate bulk purchasing was going on.  Its been a while, so I can't be positive, but I'm pretty sure.
2013-02-22 04:59:53 PM  
1 vote:
I first learned about this 15 years ago. Even Ric Romero has probably reported on this by now. Thanks, Forbes.
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