Will the battle for the U.S. presidency be won in a bookstore? Probably not, but in an era when the media likes to make much of the goofiest little things, expect to be hearing more about this: U.S. presidential contender Senator Barack Obama’s books The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father have recently been outselling Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Living History by a fair margin.You’ll find the piece from which Richards draws her excerpt here.According to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks about 70 per cent of industry sales, Living History averaged around 1,000 sales a week in December and early January, compared with more than 7,000 a week for Audacity of Hope and more than 2,000 for Dreams From My Father.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Reading Between the Lines?
Borrowed with permission from my colleague Linda L. Richards at January Magazine: