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Ted Cruz Revels in His Book Feud With NY Times

Publicity helping his campaign and his book

(Newser) - So Ted Cruz's book won't be listed among the New York Times' best sellers, even though it racked up about 12,000 sales in its first week. But if you think Cruz is angry, you've got it exactly backward, reports Politico . The feud is a sign that... More »

New York Times Won't Put Cruz on Best-Sellers List

Because of 'strategic bulk purchases'

(Newser) - Ted Cruz sold nearly 12,000 copies of his biography A Time for Truth in its first week (it was published June 30), which in terms of raw numbers would make him No. 3 among this week's best sellers in the New York Times. But you won't see... More »

Amazon's Best-Selling Book of the Year Is...

'Steve Jobs ': impressive, considering it was released in October

(Newser) - Though it came out in late October, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson has already reached the top of Amazon's best-seller list, and is now the best-selling book of the year, MacRumors reports. Amazon had predicted the authorized biography would lead the list. It reached No. 13 soon after its... More »

Dick Morris: Best Seller List at Times Is Rigged

Conservative books shunted to 'Advice'

(Newser) - Is the New York Times intentionally sweeping conservative pundits' books under the rug? That's what Dick Morris and Bill O'Reilly alleged last night. “There’s a war going on” between the Times and Fox News, and the Times has "stepped it up," O’Reilly declared last night,... More »

Celebs Who Penned NYT Best Sellers

...or, at least, whose name is on the dust jacket

(Newser) - At this very moment, Barack Obama, Amy Chua, George W. Bush, Malcolm Gladwell, and Mark Twain are sitting pretty on the New York Times Best Sellers list —and so are Jay-Z, Keith Richards, and Portia de Rossi. Further proving that you don't have to be a literary genius to... More »

E-Books Joining NYT Bestseller List

Fiction and nonfiction will be ranked early next year

(Newser) - E-books are gaining sales and credibility: The New York Times will add two e-book bestseller lists, fiction and nonfiction, beginning next year. The company has been working on a system to track and verify sales for two years, using weekly data from publishers, bookstores, and online retailers. “It was... More »

How Mitt Romney Became a Best-Selling Author

Institutions bought thousands of copies if he came to speak

(Newser) - A big reason that Mitt Romney's most recent book debuted atop the best-seller list a while back is that he required institutions to buy it in bulk in lieu of a speaking fee, reports Ben Smith of Politico . While that kind of arrangement isn't unusual, Smith notes that Romney's price... More »

Dragon Tattoo Author First to Sell 1M on Kindle

Late Stieg Larsson hits ebook milestone

(Newser) - Stieg Larsson is the first to sell more than 1 million ebooks from the Kindle Store, Mashable reports. The late Swedish author's Millenium trilogy—the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest—has the top 3... More »

This Year’s Hottest Bestseller: The Constitution

Tea Party tied to upsurge in interest in Constitution

(Newser) - With Democrats, Republicans and the Tea Party all citing the Constitution in support of their agendas, ordinary citizens apparently want to get in on the act too: Sales of the US Constitution have skyrocketed over the past year. In March the Constitution reached number 10 on the Government Printing Office... More »

Palin Cranking Out Next Book

Date for 'celebration of American virtues and strengths' still TBA

(Newser) - With 2 million copies sold, and Going Rogue still on bestseller lists, Sarah Palin is already working on another book, the AP reports. The untitled, release-date-TBA work will be a “celebration of American virtues and strengths” and “include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have inspired her,... More »

How to Create a Kindle Best-Seller: Give It Away

Publishers are using free downloads to lure readers

(Newser) - The brave new world of publishing in the age of e-readers had led to this: More than half of the "best sellers" on Amazon's Kindle are actually give-aways. While some are classics in the public domain, many are new titles. Publishers are embracing the idea of free downloads as... More »

Gilbert's Latest Lacks Magic of Eat, Pray, Love

Academic interest in marriage obscures personal touch in Committed

(Newser) - Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert's new book, Committed, has our heroine coming to terms with marriage after swearing off the institution, with the aid of a lot of research. Some critics aren't convinced:
  • "One generally doesn’t indulge another person’s emotional processing at this length unless the
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Danielle Steel Aide 'Fesses to $400K Ripoff

Author claims assistant stole $2.7M

(Newser) - A long-time assistant has pleaded guilty to embezzling $400,000 from best-selling romance queen Danielle Steel. Kristy Watts admitted depositing checks for Steel into her own bank account and using the author's credit card points to obtain gifts and airline tickets. Steel, who has written 76 best-selling novels, claims Watts... More »

Unreleased Kennedy Memoir Climbing Bestseller Lists

True Compass will be released Sept. 14

(Newser) - Ted Kennedy’s unreleased memoir, True Compass, is already creeping up the bestseller lists. Originally scheduled for 2010, it's been moved up to mid-September by publisher Hachette, which plans to ship 1.5 million copies to booksellers. Pre-orders have put True Compass at No. 9 on Amazon and No. 3... More »

48 Years Later, Julia Child Tops Bestseller List

(Newser) - Nearly half a century after it was published, Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking is entering the New York Times bestseller list—at No. 1. The film Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep as the famous chef, has electrified sales of the cookbook despite its antiquated recipes... More »

Black, Gay Lit Trailblazer E. Lynn Harris Dead at 54

(Newser) - Author E. Lynn Harris, who offered a glimpse into the secret lives of closeted gay black men, died last night at 54, the AP reports. His publicist says the cause is unknown, and that Harris suddenly took ill just days ago. An autopsy will be performed next week. Harris was... More »

Hugo's Gift Keeps on Selling

Volume on colonial oppression becomes overnight best-seller

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez has done for a book on the exploitation of Latin America what Bo did for Portuguese water dogs, the BBC reports. Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent has gone from 54,295th to second on Amazon’s sales... More »

Amazon Drops Gay Titles From Sales Rankings

Company blames glitch for shunting innocuous gay titles to adult list

(Newser) - Amazon is facing a backlash for yanking hundreds of gay and lesbian titles from its sales ranking system, CNET reports. The bookseller has a policy of excluding material deemed "adult" from the sales and bestseller lists, but critics say its exclusion of titles like The Well of Loneliness—a... More »

Obama Speeches Teach English, Hope to Japanese

Dem's speeches good for language-learners, more inspiring than local pols'

(Newser) - The Japanese version of Amazon.com features an unlikely bestseller: the collected speeches of Barack Obama, with Japanese translation and accompanying CD, Reuters reports. Obama’s inspiring but straightforward rhetoric is perfect for teaching English in a country that hankers to learn the language. He “uses words such as... More »

French Cashier Tells All, Cashes In

Best seller gently critiques rude shoppers

(Newser) - After 8 years of being ignored, a French grocery store cashier has forced bad-mannered shoppers to take notice. Anne Sam's best-seller, Tribulations of a Cashier, has become a sensation, with comic book, movie, and musical adaptations forthcoming, the Washington Post reports. And Sam has quit her day job to write,... More »

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