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Subject: Re: Amazon.com, Bebe Buell busted AGAIN !!

Minky Feldman
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Date Posted: 19:07:23 05/19/02 Sun
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In reply to: How much did the book sell? 's message, "Re: Amazon.com, Bebe Buell busted AGAIN !!" on 19:47:34 04/14/02 Sun

>>With mischief on my mind, then, I resubmitted a review
>>I did last August but gave it 5 stars instead of 1. I
>>originally wrote it as if I believed every word in her
>>delusional book, so it was no big deal.
>I saw that review and thought it was really funny.
>They've taken it down now, though. Probably because
>Bebe read your post here.
>They also just put one up that it so obviously written
>by Bebe -- right down to the the multiple exclamation
>points after every sentences -- that I don't know
>whether to laugh or cry.
>You know, before _Rebel Heart_ came out, I actually
>thought Bebe was kind of cool. Now I think her
>picture ought to be in the dictionary next to the word
>>I remember someone saying that positive reviews did
>>increase the sales of her book, but what are we
>>talking here? Maybe a couple of copies? Ranking around
>>26,000 in sales is not the “bestseller” Bebe was
>>hoping for.
>That was me, and I take your point. Whatever extra
>profits Amazon.com has made on _Rebel Heart_ have
>probably been outstripped by the wages they've paid
>their poor web lackeys to provide the constant
>ministrations Bebe's gigantic ego requires.
>By the way, does anyone know how much _Rebel Heart_
>really sold? Overall, not just on Amazon.com. I
>noticed one of the
>be claimed it was a "New York Times bestseller".
>Which I guess might be true in some technical sense,
>but clearly the book was no blockbuster. My gut
>feeling is that it was, while not an out-and-out bomb,
>still a money-loser for the publisher.
>Anybody know for sure?
It's been discounted already and distributers can pick it up at 10% of the former wholesale price which means it bombed and the publisher is trying to dump the unsold copies asap because they get taxed at the end of the year on their inventory. Rumour has it that Bokris the co-author got so flustered w/Bebe he couldn't finish the book and a ghost writer had to be brought in to ghost for him (the ghost writer)! It's a sad tale all around. Unfortunatly Liv seems so well adjusted because she's basically simple minded.

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