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Subject: New York Times "bestseller" myth debunked


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Date Posted: 11:53:52 12/08/02 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

>By the way, does anyone know how much _Rebel Heart_
>really sold? Overall, not just on Amazon.com. I
>noticed one of the
>unbiased-reviewers-who-happens-to-write-exactly-like-Be
>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?

The New York Times has a published list for the top-selling books, but there's also an unpublished list for the books that didn't chart high enough to make the published list. The unpublished list is provided to people in the book industry so they can see which books are "bubbling under" the main chart list. "Rebel Heart" was on the UNPUBLISHED New York Times bestseller list. The published list is the one that really matters because that's the list that the public sees.

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