It’s going to kill MSNBC to have to report this… if they ever do:
Former U.S. President George W Bush’s memoir has sold an astonishing two million copies since it was released in early November – and it’s not even in paperback yet.
‘Decision Points’, published both in hardcover and e-book form, is flying off the shelves, the Crown Publishing Group says.
By contrast, former president Bill Clinton’s memoir, ‘My Life’, has logged sales of 2.2million copies since it was first published in 2004.
Comparing sales on the first week of their release, Clinton’s book sold more copies that Bush’s, but that was from people clamoring for blow-by-blow details — if you’ll pardon the expression — that weren’t really there, so Clinton’s sales tapered off much faster than Bush’s. In fairness though, Clinton’s sales were hurt by the fact that many would-be readers were simply not strong enough to carry the book to the cash register.
Clinton’s book ended up selling around 2.25 million — lots of books, but Sarah Palin sold over 2.7 million copies of Going Rogue last year, and by the time it’s all said and done, Bush will probably sell well over 3 million copies of Decision Points. Books by or about Republicans simply tend to be read by more people. Case in point: look at what Barack Obama’s supposedly reading in Hawaii on vacation.