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Didn't followers of Scientology do this same scheme with L. Ron Hubbard's sci-fi works back in the day.
Posted by fauxcrye on February 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM · Report this
--MC 2
Surprised? Not at all. How else could somebody like Mark Levin get so many of his books on the NYT Bestseller Lists so often? If there weren't PAC money buying those things, he'd sell as many copies as your grandfather's Vantage Press book on his experiences at Iwo Jima.
Posted by --MC on February 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM · Report this
Timmytee 3
I remember when L. Ron Hubbard was alive, his SF novels always landed on the NYT List, even though I never heard of them otherwise. Scientologists knew how to scam their way on.
Posted by Timmytee on February 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 4
Also, this is why there are tons of political books at libraries all over the nation. One library near me has 10 copies of the same book; there's no way they would have bought ten copies of that book or any book for that matter.
Posted by passionate_jus on February 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
@3, and bookstores that have robots for buyers end up with lots of unsold copies, too. I used to work at a bookstore, and those suckers would sit there for a year without so much as a fingerprint on them until we could return.
Posted by Fnarf on February 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
Hey, I just thought of a way Blethen can increase his circulation numbers.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM · Report this
fletc3her 8
See also Billboard charts.
Posted by fletc3her on February 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM · Report this
biffp 9
O'Reilly's publisher sends thousands of copies to the troops who have to burn them to get rid of them.
Posted by biffp on February 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM · Report this
Everyone, please, hands down. Ayn Rand's clone army are the undisputed champs of book sales fraud.
Posted by Che Guava on February 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM · Report this
@3: It went on WELL after L. Ron kicked the bucket. I worked retail book sales in the mid-80s, starting a year or two after his death, and there was still a ten-volume series in progress and every one of the damn things hit the bestseller lists instantly.

(I have heard direct accounts, then and after, of stores receiving their orders from Bridge Publications with the price stickers from a competitor still on the dustjackets.)
Posted by DonServo on February 25, 2013 at 6:18 PM · Report this

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