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Old 04-16-2019, 08:15 AM
 
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OBAMA ADVISER’S BOOK IS RANKED 1,030 ON AMAZON. HOW DID IT MAKE NYT’S BEST SELLER LIST?

Her book, which was published April 2, is number 1,030 on Amazon’s list of top sellers and has only three reviews on the site. It similarly ranks 1,244 on Barnes and Noble where signed copies are being sold for less than the suggested retail for unsigned copies.

Yet the book was also 14th on the NYT bestseller list.



So there was very little organic sales for the book. However...

Jarrett’s book outsold all but the top four books on the NYT list, according to BookScan, which tracks sales figures. But instead of putting it at number five, the Times placed it lower, including behind one book billed as “a behind-the-scenes look at the daytime talk show ‘The View,'” which is seventh.

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According to BookScan data, Jarrett’s book “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward,” sold 12,600 copies in its first week, more than twice as many as the book ranked immediately above it on NYT’s list. The books in NYT’s fifth through 13th slots sold between 4,300 and 9,000 copies.


But they didn't put it at #5 on the list... probably because that's a high profile ranking which would have brought too much attention... and they knew the numbers were fake.

The article goes a little into how the scam is perpetrated.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:30 AM
 
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So...what? It's widely known (at least in the book world) that the NYT Bestseller list is like voting for prom queen. It's a popularity contest-the most-deserving may not necessarily be on top. Numbers are easily manipulated, and probably double-counted (retail & wholesale sales). It's a little bit of the cart driving the horse--say a book is a bestseller and it becomes one. Interestingly, however, you are upset over Valerie Jarret's book. What about Bill O'Reilly or Tucker Carlson? They both had books topping the list last year. Ben Shapiro's book was/is on the list this year. I'm betting I'll hear those are all there on merit alone...
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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This is one way politicians are repaid for the allegiance.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:47 AM
 
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Who reads all those political books? I bet the vast majority are bought so others will see the dust cover title on your bookshelves.
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:54 AM
 
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So...what? It's widely known (at least in the book world) that the NYT Bestseller list is like voting for prom queen. It's a popularity contest-the most-deserving may not necessarily be on top. Numbers are easily manipulated, and probably double-counted (retail & wholesale sales). It's a little bit of the cart driving the horse--say a book is a bestseller and it becomes one. Interestingly, however, you are upset over Valerie Jarret's book. What about Bill O'Reilly or Tucker Carlson? They both had books topping the list last year. Ben Shapiro's book was/is on the list this year. I'm betting I'll hear those are all there on merit alone...
Why do you people always assume someone is upset because a thread is started? It's probably more telling about your mindset, and you are projecting it on to me.

It's just info about liberal buddies promoting each other, along with how the book industry manipulates the ratings.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:00 AM
 
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Who reads all those political books?
There are 117,000 libraries in the USA. Libraries often buy several copies of a book.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Marquette, Mich
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Why do you people always assume someone is upset because a thread is started? It's probably more telling about your mindset, and you are projecting it on to me.

It's just info about liberal buddies promoting each other, along with how the book industry manipulates the ratings.

I say you're upset because you went to a little effort to post/link. Not upset? Fine. Then I'll change my post to read: "however, you are mildly concerned or perhaps just barely bothered by Valerie Jarret's book and its position on the NYT best-seller list."

Too late. Can't edit my post. Darn.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:37 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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It's a great way to funnel bribes to people like Obama, Bernie, Michele, Hillary...

Let them ghost write a book no one wants to read and let the rich Democrat Billionaires buy over inflated priced copies by the pallet full to give away to no one who will ever read them.

Thus you have Bernie who makes millions off writing a "Popular" book legitimately and buying 3 house while he cries for more Taxes.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:40 AM
 
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It is common for political groups or PACS to buy up hundreds of copies of books to get the book on the NYT list. Happens all the time. They give them to donors.

It happens in all political groups, not just liberal.

Why would anybody buy books to funnel bribe money to a politician? All they need to do is put the money in an offshore account. Why open themselves up to scrutiny when it can be done in secret?
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:57 PM
 
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It is common for political groups or PACS to buy up hundreds of copies of books to get the book on the NYT list. Happens all the time. They give them to donors.

It happens in all political groups, not just liberal.

Why would anybody buy books to funnel bribe money to a politician? All they need to do is put the money in an offshore account. Why open themselves up to scrutiny when it can be done in secret?
It wasn't to bribe anyone. It was likely done to boost her resume for future jobs.

Even though it means spending significant amounts of money to buy their own books, hitting bestseller status helps authors in other ways. Indeed, Jarrett’s web page advertising her as a paid speaker already notes that she is a “Former Senior Advisor, Obama Administration; Bestselling Author.”
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