Is Hard Choices a “bomb”?

posted at 8:01 am on June 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

It depends on the definition of “bomb.” First-week sales for Hillary Clinton’s memoir/campaign book Hard Choices would not embarrass most authors; 60,000 hard-bound and 24,000 electronic outsells most other titles offered even by major publishers in a first printing. However, most authors don’t get $14 million advances, and most authors don’t plan to use their book as a springboard into a presidential campaign either.

In those circumstances, Daniel Halper argues, the sales have been, er, brutal:

“Between us, they are nervous at S&S [Simon & Schuster],” says the source, who gave permission for his email to be published. “Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster.”

According to this source, a Simon & Schuster insider, “They sold 60,000 hard covers first week and 24,000 ebooks.” The publishing house was “hoping and praying for 150,000 print first week.”

“The 60k represents a less than 10% sell thru based on what they shipped,” says the source.

It’s been reported that one million copies of Clinton’s book were shipped weeks before the June 10 publication date. “They will be lucky to sell 150,000 total lifetime,” the source writes in the email.

Barnes & Noble sold 24,000 of the hard copies in their chain the first week, making it the top seller in their inventory:

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, Hard Choices, topped the Barnes & Noble best-seller list in its first week, according to the company’s Nielsen BookScan sales numbers released to publishers on Monday and obtained by BuzzFeed.

Barnes & Noble, the country’s largest retail bookseller, has sold just over 24,000 copies of the book since its release on June 10. Hard Choices debuted at No. 1 on the bookseller’s hardcover best-seller list, which includes fiction and nonfiction.

That’s not bad news, but the comparison to #2 isn’t exactly complimentary:

Clinton’s memoir edged out the new Diana Gabaldon book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, for the top spot, selling just 319 more copies, according to the sales list. (The Gabaldon book, released on the same day as Clinton’s, is the eighth installment in her long-running historical sci-fi romance Outlander series.)

As of this morning, Clinton’s memoir topped Amazon’s lists for women’s studies, US history, and political memoirs — not exactly the stuff of mass-marketing success. It only ranked 70th in the paid Kindle section, though, where Gabaldon’s book is ranked 12th. It’s marked with a down arrow this morning, which doesn’t exactly suggest big momentum gathering for the tome. Still, Amazon does not share its actual book sales figures, so it’s difficult to tell without a subscription to one of the sales-measuring services just how many units they’ve moved.

These would be respectable and even thrilling numbers for most authors, but as noted above, Simon & Schuster spent nearly $14 million to get the publishing rights to the book. Even assuming that they get $10 profit from each copy (hard or Kindle), they’ve only recouped 6% of the cost of that bonus on the first week. Perhaps this is more a measure of how insane it was to spend $14 million up front to publish what turned out to be a milquetoast campaign book more than a commentary on the book itself, but either way S&S is going to take a bath on it.

That’s Simon & Schuster’s problem, of course, but Hillary has bigger problems. The real sales job wasn’t the book itself but Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate. The lack of enthusiasm for the book in its sales figures hurts the perception of Hillary, but nowhere nearly as badly as Hillary herself has damaged it over the past eight days. She has made gaffe after gaffe, underscored her lack of accomplishment at State, and provided no real answers on how she would govern. Indeed, her book and her testimony on the tour the past week has raised a lot more questions about her leadership and her honesty than it answered.

So the book sales may be a flop, but the bigger flop is Candidate Hillary. Even a boost in book sales wouldn’t fix that.


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It’s a stinkburger. A meanwich.

rightside on June 17, 2014 at 8:04 AM

It tastes like licking a urinal.

But enough about Hildabeast…

ConstantineXI on June 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

A Bomb?
One can only hope.

TimBuk3 on June 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Ha Ha! -Nelson Muntz

22044 on June 17, 2014 at 8:07 AM

It depends on the definition of “bomb.” First-week sales for Hillary Clinton’s memoir/campaign book Hard Choices would not embarrass most authors; 60,000 hard-bound and 24,000 electronic outsells most other titles offered even by major publishers in a first printing. However, most authors don’t get $14 million advances, and most authors don’t plan to use their book as a springboard into a presidential campaign either.

I doubt JK Rowling gets $14 million book advances, and what she writes probably would sell in the first 2 hours what Hildabeast sold in a week.

Then again, JK Rowling isn’t trying to get a job that (thanks to Obama and 100 years of “progressives”) would allow her to kill the publishing industry by regulating the paper the books are printed on…

ConstantineXI on June 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM

The goal wasn’t a good book, the goal was free campaigning.

ctmom on June 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Send the extra copies to the fine folks in Venezuela. They are running short on TP.

Bmore on June 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM

A Bomb?
One can only hope.

TimBuk3 on June 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Last time a Clinton bombed in public this badly he DROPPED BOMBS in Sudan…

ConstantineXI on June 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Is she doing book signings? That can help generate sales. Dr. Carson and Bret Baier were both down here in the Greater H-Town area a couple weeks ago pushing their new books. Not that Hillary would ever dare set foot in Texas of course(Austin notwithstanding).

Doughboy on June 17, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Oh noes she’ll end up dead broke again.

Brat on June 17, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Nobody sane remotely likes this woman.

John the Libertarian on June 17, 2014 at 8:13 AM

She doesn’t have any story to tell. Everybody knew that she wasn’t going to reveal some big unknown secret – so why buy the book.

The last political memoir I bought was GWB’s and it was excellent. Probably because he had many stories to tell and had you know actually accomplished things.

gophergirl on June 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM

At this point what difference does it make?

cat-scratch on June 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM

The Left on the Hillary-palooza of this week- “I don’t feel noways tired…”

socalcon on June 17, 2014 at 8:15 AM

$14 million

Suckers

cmsinaz on June 17, 2014 at 8:16 AM

This unremarkable and unaccomplished woman continues to be treated as if she is the most remarkable and most accomplished woman in America by the elites.

$14 million up front? Insane.

mankai on June 17, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Not to worry – the DNC will purchase the bulk of them and put ‘em in a warehouse.

Although, this is a much better idea:

Send the extra copies to the fine folks in Venezuela. They are running short on TP.

Bmore on June 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM

tru2tx on June 17, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Is she doing book signings? That can help generate sales. Dr. Carson and Bret Baier were both down here in the Greater H-Town area a couple weeks ago pushing their new books. Not that Hillary would ever dare set foot in Texas of course(Austin notwithstanding).

Doughboy on June 17, 2014 at 8:11 AM

She can push the Spanish version at the border.

mankai on June 17, 2014 at 8:18 AM

I see a a great future for the book…Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, San Fran, L.A., all of those school districts…sounds like mandatory reading for all grade levels.

right2bright on June 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Batman knew:

Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb… especially when you are starring in it…

JohnGalt23 on June 17, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Not to worry about sales numbers. I suspect there will be plenty of orders coming from place like the AFLCIO, the NEA and possibly even Gitmo if they make a run off of hard covers in Arabic.

Don L on June 17, 2014 at 8:23 AM

The progs don’t care that her crappy book won’t sell. They don’t care that nobody watches their crappy HBO shows, and they don’t care that nobody watches their crappy movies that slander conservatives and Christians. It is all about keeping control of our rotting culture to advance their stupid utopian agenda.

DeweyWins on June 17, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Vast right wing conspiracy

newportmike on June 17, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Not surprised and don’t care.

crankyoldlady on June 17, 2014 at 8:24 AM

“Between us, they are nervous at S&S [Simon & Schuster],” says the source, who gave permission for his email to be published. “Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster.”

If S&S is anything like the rest of our illustrious national media/propaganda machine, then I suspect the second thing is the real reason they’re nervous. A company stupidly losing money seems to be a virtue among leftists. See GM, Fisker, Solyndra, or any number of other bailout recipients…

yaedon on June 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM

$14 million up front? Insane.

mankai on June 17, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Maybe they’ll just pass the tax loss onto the gullible American taxpayers–you think?

Don L on June 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM

More telling are the reviews on Amazon.com. Out of 644 reviews, the book is getting 2 out of five stars…And these are from folks who were eager to read this drunken sot’s musings. 408 reviewers gave it 1 star, while 177 gave it 5 stars.

I would say that Mrs. Clinton should just kick back with her millions, retire from public life and hope she lives long enough to enjoy being a grandmother. America does not seem to be buying the crap she’s selling.

bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM

She doesn’t have any story to tell. Everybody knew that she wasn’t going to reveal some big unknown secret – so why buy the book.

The last political memoir I bought was GWB’s and it was excellent. Probably because he had many stories to tell and had you know actually accomplished things.

gophergirl on June 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM

‘Decision Points’ was also written from an honest, often times self depricating point of view. Mr. Bush took responsibility for his actions and for the events that transpired during his tenure as POTUS. Hillary, like her boss, does the opposite.

bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

either way S&S is going to take a bath on it.

A richly deserved bath. I hope it also sinks the career of whatever Dim asswipes at Simon & Schuster were responsible for signing Clinton to the ludicrous $14 million+ book contract.

As for Clinton, perhaps for her next book she should hire presidential story-teller Billy Ayers to add a little faux “biographical” spice to the tome. Apparently his fiction sells much better than hers.

AZCoyote on June 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Puhleeze! That deal was all about S&S making an illegal campaign contribution to kick of the race. They take a huge tax loss and Hildy is off and running at taxpayer expense. Suckers!

2ndMAW68 on June 17, 2014 at 8:34 AM

If the book didn’t sell gangbusters the first week it’s old news by the second week and over.The discounts will be huge at the dollar stores and Goodwills.

docflash on June 17, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Compare Hillary’s book to Sarah’s book, Going Rogue:

Less than two weeks after its release, sales of the book exceeded the one million mark. Going Rogue attained sales of over 2.7 million by December 1, 2009.

They are projecting that Hillary’s book will sell about 150,000 copies.

TarheelBen on June 17, 2014 at 8:36 AM

its a clinton.
thats what we’ll call it

dmacleo on June 17, 2014 at 8:36 AM

I saw some man on the street interviews last night on O’Reilly as people waited to buy the book and have Hillary sign it. Those people frightened me- If you combined all of their I.Q.’s, you wouldn’t get to 100. Pretty sure Barnes and Noble let them pay for their books with their food stamp cards.

BettyRuth on June 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Send the extra copies to the fine folks in Venezuela. They are running short on TP.
Bmore on June 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Send a few to our Arab friends too so their left hands can catch a break.

VelvetElvis on June 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM

‘Hard Choices’

Please.

That b1tch has never had to even so much as decide between paper and plastic.

Midas on June 17, 2014 at 8:39 AM

“Between us, they are nervous at S&S [Simon & Schuster],” says the source, who gave permission for his email to be published. “Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster.”

…but the important thing is they kept a family that’s obviously been living from paycheck to paycheck from falling back into a poverty again, just like NBC did when they gave Chelsea Clinton $600,000 to sit at a desk and surf the Internet all day for three years.

jon1979 on June 17, 2014 at 8:39 AM

I would have thought that there would be enough young feminists who didn’t know a lot about her history that she might have been able to pull of the next “historical” persona. When I think of her, I’m just sick of her, tired of her being around all the time and certainly not interested in 4 to 8 years of her. Based on this information, I might not be the only one. Good.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Whoa! bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM is RIGHT! Those reviews are BRUTAL! There is not a single one that is more than one-star on the whole top page.

In comparison, Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” has only about 7 on the top page that are less than 5 stars, and ALL of those are 3 or 4 stars.

This book must be HORRIBLE, which surprises me but I’m happy about.

UnderstandingisPower on June 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

jon1979 on June 17, 2014 at 8:39 AM

NBC hired Jenna Bush also, I wonder why we aren’t hearing about her salary?

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM

The goal wasn’t a good book, the goal was free campaigning. – ctmom on June 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Her campaign in my humble opinion is dead in the water, if only Democrat would open their eyes and ears …………… and, have some common sense. However, that is asking too much from Democrats.

SC.Charlie on June 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

50 shades of meh.

Galtian on June 17, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Whoa! bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM is RIGHT! Those reviews are BRUTAL! There is not a single one that is more than one-star on the whole top page.

In comparison, Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” has only about 7 on the top page that are less than 5 stars, and ALL of those are 3 or 4 stars.

This book must be HORRIBLE, which surprises me but I’m happy about.

UnderstandingisPower on June 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I personally discount the reviews on Amazon of Palin’s book as several of the “five star” variety are written obviously by liberals who are mocking the book. The sales tell the true story. My comment last night on the Hillary third term headline:

“Heh. Heh, heh, heh.

Hillary Clinton’s book sold 60,000 copies in its first week. Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue?

700,000 (300,000 on the first day).

theotherone on June 17, 2014 at 1:22 AM”

Tarheel Ben shows the real story:

Compare Hillary’s book to Sarah’s book, Going Rogue:

Less than two weeks after its release, sales of the book exceeded the one million mark. Going Rogue attained sales of over 2.7 million by December 1, 2009.

They are projecting that Hillary’s book will sell about 150,000 copies.

TarheelBen on June 17, 2014 at 8:36 AM

theotherone on June 17, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Vast right wing conspiracy

newportmike on June 17, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Looking more like a vast left wing conspiracy to put more jingle in the Clintons’ pockets. A clever way to skirt campaign finance laws.

Fallon on June 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

So this isn’t going to break Simon and Schuster is it. I don’t know how many more too big to fail companies we can bail out.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Galtian on June 17, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Love it.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I’d be happy with sales numbers like that, but I am not flying all over and staying at the finest hotels and dining at expensive restaurants. Hillary has consumed the profits which makes her work a bomb.

dogsoldier on June 17, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Maybe, the state department will kick in a little to prop the book sales up and redistribute a little more of the country’s wealth to the Democrats?

Fallon on June 17, 2014 at 8:58 AM

NBC hired Jenna Bush also, I wonder why we aren’t hearing about her salary?

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Aside from the odds it’s nowhere near Chelsea’s, Jenna was hired for a relatively low-level job of doing puff features with Kathy Lee and Hoda on The Today Show. Chelsea was hired to be a superstar, as she was immediately plunked down in prime-time by NBC on Brian Williams’ news magazine, under the idea that anyone with a Clinton name would draw millions of ‘sophisticated’ viewers.

If they had simply stuck Chelsea in the same role the stuck Jenna — as a low-level nepotism hire designed to attract a few viewers to the set with non-news piece — it would have been far less embarrassing not just for NBC, but for Chelsea, who was as prepared to go on prime-time television as Ralph Kramden was to do that live TV commercial on that old episode of “The Honeymooners”.

jon1979 on June 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Now if the witch wrote a book entitled “How I aim an ashtray” it might be a best seller. She would need to get a sense of humor to write such a work…

dogsoldier on June 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

gophergirl on June 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I was surprisingly happy with W’s book. I rarely read this type, but a friend lent me a copy to read and I was much happier with the book than I expected. SOme of it I still don’t agree with, but I came from it getting a better idea of W’s mind on some things, some personal characteristics that explain better some of his choices – that I still disagree with – and the overall impression that despite whatever W’s shortcomings were, he was a man of high character. I wish the current president would take a lesson.

Zomcon JEM on June 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Clinton’s memoir edged out the new Diana Gabaldon book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, for the top spot, selling just 319 more copies, according to the sales list.

Who? never heard of her before. And I do pay attention.

These would be respectable and even thrilling numbers for most authors, but as noted above, Simon & Schuster spent nearly $14 million to get the publishing rights to the book.

S&S weren’t expecting to make money with this book. It’s simply a payoff in case Hillary! becomes president, to keep the federal government off the publishing industry’s back.

rbj on June 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM

jon1979 on June 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

“Homina, homina, homina…”….when television was quality entertainment…

bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Actually, for some book collectors, a signed copy makes it more valuable — many years from now. Some collectors could care less about the content of the book, only the future price.

Now a book aficionado would not use the book to start their fireplace. It’s the content that matters most.

Tinker on June 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM

A classic marketing mistake. They tried to get too cute w/ the title. Ha- Hard Choices
They should have employed HRC’s new embrace with honesty and named it -

Hillary Takes a Big, Steaming Dump on Reality

gonnjos on June 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

The Shrill One is like the psycho ex-girlfriend/wife that you can never get rid of.
Neither restraining orders nor threats of death can make the Razorbeast go away.

Hopefully her poll numbers will sink to such low levels that she won’t consider another run for POTUS.
BUT, Willie wants back in the WH so badly, he will probably talk her into another run.

flatlander on June 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

At least Al Gore’s book made an excellent door stop.

katy the mean old lady on June 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM

likely the dnc will bulk purchase a crapload of books to “pad’ the sales figures.

Kind of like obama did with the aca enrollment numbers.

rightside on June 17, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Ah, yes! The way is getting clearer and clearer for Michelle’s 2016 run!

NavyMustang on June 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

She’s just not an interesting person–and that is what sells biographies. Barack Obama, as bad a president and unlikable a person as he is, had an interesting childhood–so I can see how his books would have sold well.

segesta on June 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Send the extra copies to the fine folks in Venezuela. They are running short on TP.

Bmore on June 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM

We have a winner.

Rix on June 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Hillary’s big interview with Bret Baier and Greta V airs tonight. That ought to give book sales a big shot in the arm!

Naturally Curly on June 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM

“Between us, they are nervous at S&S [Simon & Schuster],” says the source, who gave permission for his email to be published. “Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster.”

HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!

MisterElephant on June 17, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Now if the witch wrote a book entitled “How I aim an ashtray” it might be a best seller. She would need to get a sense of humor to write such a work…

dogsoldier on June 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

LOL. Yes, she could have had some catchier titles for her books, and maybe she would have sold more of them.

Perhaps: “Throwing a Lamp at My Husband’s Head, and Other Fun Adventures in the Clinton White House,” or something.

AZCoyote on June 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

The book is not a bomb. I’ve been of the opinion for decades that the only acceptable form or bribery is to give a politician (or a young promising black lawyer) a book to put his name on, buy a few million copies and he gets the profits. The power of this system is that it can be don;t while he’s in office!

It’s the perfect bribe system. The backers get the books ghost-written and buy the books, the publishing houses launder the cash, and the president gets his pay checks. And it’s so obvious no one ever has to say a single conspiratorial word.

flicker on June 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

I can hardly wait until she is Crowned sworn in as our next Messiah Precedent of the USA. Ununited Socialist Amerikkka!

I think that may be the point that I just write our republic off. We had a good run though didn’t we?

For a dumb white racist Ben Franklin had one thing right for sure. “If you can keep it.”

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Why would you pay money for a big bundle of flaming lies when you can download vicious untruths for free off the interwebs?

Maddie on June 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

At least hildebeest is outselling Nanzi Pelozilla’s hack piece.

Again: HA-HA!
HA-HA-HA-HA!

When I think of her, I’m just sick of her, tired of her being around all the time and certainly not interested in 4 to 8 years of her. Based on this information, I might not be the only one. Good.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I was tired of her during her 2008 race against Barky O’Butthead. Enough, already! But she continues to float like a you-know-what in the toilet bowl.

MisterElephant on June 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Can’t wait for the comic book version.

vnvet on June 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Maybe it’s just too dry. She should have retold that story about coming under sniper fire at the airport in Bosnia. And a little girl approached her with flowers. But the flowers were hiding explosives! Yeah, that’s the ticket. Then Mitch Rapp, the Navy Seals, and Steven Seagal came to rescue her. Then a concussion grenade knocked them out and she had to drag them to safety under withering machine gun fire! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Russ in OR on June 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Ah, yes! The way is getting clearer and clearer for Michelle’s 2016 run!

NavyMustang on June 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Oh gawd. You’re right, unfortunately.

Brat on June 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Maybe it’s just too dry. She should have retold that story about coming under sniper fire at the airport in Bosnia. And a little girl approached her with flowers. But the flowers were hiding explosives! Yeah, that’s the ticket. Then Mitch Rapp, the Navy Seals, and Steven Seagal came to rescue her. Then a concussion grenade knocked them out and she had to drag them to safety under withering machine gun fire! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Russ in OR on June 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Yeah! That’s the ticket! You should be her agent… if you could just vow allegiance to her unholy cause… details (ala Vince and Stevens can be worked out later… or not)

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Ah, yes! The way is getting clearer and clearer for Michelle’s 2016 run!

NavyMustang on June 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

If Hillary gets pushed out of the way by another 0bama, I would not put it past her to put out a contract on Moochelle.

It’ll be fun to watch for sure. Two bloated harpies going at each other, reminding every divorced man in the country of his ex-wife.

CurtZHP on June 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Doh! Bad use of proper grammar…

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

This is what happens when the press, assuming the book would sell itself, doesn’t get out in front with huge fanfare. Let this be a reminder to everyone that the MSM is not only 100% in the Leftist camp, but is the determining factor in most of their victories.

ROCnPhilly on June 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife asks:

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Galtian on June 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

The book was nothing more than an entree into a week of interviews and free media coverage. Luckily for America, she’s bombed those and her poll numbers are tanking.
We’ve had enough Clinton BS. These pigs should just disappear back to Arkansas.

Obamalies on June 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Interesting that these types get beau coup bucks for having been elected officials. How many people who are not proven successful authors (like Ludlum, Trevanian, Francis, Follett, Clancey, etc.) would get huge advances on books before they’re even sold? What average person can hope to get paid tens of thousands of dollars for giving speeches? What average person can get away with setting up their own charities (tax-exempt of course) for money-laundering and get away with it?

If Bernie Madoff and Kevin Trudeau had been elected officials, they probably would have been fine.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM

It’s been reported that one million copies of Clinton’s book were shipped weeks before the June 10 publication date. ”They will be lucky to sell 150,000 total lifetime,” the source writes in the email.

Why does Shrillary hate the environment?

Flange on June 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Would someone here please buy the book and tell me how it turns out?

What was the outcome of the Hard Choices?

Bourbon or Scotch?

HumpBot Salvation on June 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

When are we going to stop treating these payoffs for books like they are pay for a product and not the bribes that they are? They knew they wound’t make money. They wouldn’t be in busies if they didn’t.

This is no different than chelsea being paid off to do nothing on NBC. It’s a bribe!

aniptofar on June 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Maybe [Simon & Schuster will] just pass the tax loss onto the gullible American taxpayers–you think?

Don L on June 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM

What, no “risk corridor?” Rookies.

Barnestormer on June 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

It’s not even the #1 colon cleansing book

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Clinton’s memoir edged out the new Diana Gabaldon book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, for the top spot, selling just 319 more copies, according to the sales list.

Who? never heard of her before. And I do pay attention.

rbj on June 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I hadn’t heard of the Outlander series either, until a friend of mine recently started going on and on about it. When her boyfriend bought her the latest installment of the series, it made her week.

Several of these books run well over 1,000 pages, by the way. But if you’ve got the time . . .

MisterElephant on June 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I see a a great future for the book…Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, San Fran, L.A., all of those school districts…sounds like mandatory reading for all grade levels.

right2bright on June 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM

They’ll have to send the audio version to Detroit. No one there can read. I don’t know about those other places.

Oldnuke on June 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

The book was nothing more than an entree into a week of interviews and free media coverage. Luckily for America, she’s bombed those and her poll numbers are tanking.
We’ve had enough Clinton BS. These pigs should just disappear back to Arkansas.

Obamalies on June 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Not so sure they can…There may be warrants..

bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Maybe the problem is that many liberals can’t read.

bw222 on June 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Maybe the book has nothing in it???

Dem Hillary is running on being the first woman president, period. “Let’s crack the glass ceiling.” Well, other women outside the US have beaten her to this position. She’ll just be another female head of state. She has nothing else to claim – the US Senate seat in a deep Dem state was a cake walk.

SHe will get far too many votes from women, the Cougars from 2008 will be back in spades and college kids, who have had 12+ years of “social justice” garbage fed to them will vote for her. Lets hope there is a good R candidate and enough people with real smarts to keep her out of the presidency.

S & S has been padding book sales for Dems for a long time – perhaps, they may wake up, too.

MN J on June 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Looking more like a vast left wing conspiracy to put more jingle in the Clintons’ pockets. A clever way to skirt campaign finance laws.

Fallon on June 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

She’s dead broke……………………….

VegasRick on June 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Don’t forget all the FREE advertising she got, which some people estimate at 50 million plus! Its just not a bomb its a total failure! much like everything else she done in the last 20 years!!!

gwhh on June 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Maybe if she rewrote it as a “historical sci-fi romance”.

Y’know, how she and Willie are actually a marriage.

formwiz on June 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Amb. Stevens: “Maybe Hillary will write about how she left me to burn to death in the sequel.”

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM

FLASHBACK … 2009 …

Sarah Palin’s ‘GOING ROGUE’ was the top selling nonfiction book of 2009, selling an astonishing 2,674,684 hardcover copies between November 19, 2009, and December 31, 2009 …

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/financial-reporting/article/42695-facts-figures-2009-revised.html

http://andyrossagency.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/sarah-palin-book-income-update/

Pork-Chop on June 17, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Let’s not get too excited about the book being a bomb, or put too much emphasis on how that may reflect on Hillary as a candidate. The media and the Democrat machine was able to take a non-entity named BHO and put him in the White House, in spite of his lack of experience and obvious disdain for America. If they could do that then, TWICE, they can find a way to get Hillary in there next. Put another way, it’s too soon to start counting chickens.

Mr. Bultitude on June 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Another one of Hillary’s Hard Choices

ConservativePartyNow on June 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

To bad she didn’t stay on as Sec of State. She could have used taxpayer dollars to buy up all the excess books and then shipped them out to all of the US embassies.

GarandFan on June 17, 2014 at 10:33 AM

S&S is going to force her to run for President even if she doesn’t want to. She needs to run to stay in the media spotlight and keep selling books.

airupthere on June 17, 2014 at 10:33 AM

DNC will buy the book to boost sales for Hills, but then will give a copy free with any $25 donation.

COgirl on June 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

As an author who tries not to monitor Amazon rankings too closely, I can’t ignore the fact that these numbers look very sweet. I also cannot avoid the irritation that always surges when trash that physically resembles a book does better than any number of excellent but unknown works that come to mind.

OTOH, an author who scores a multimillion-dollar advance might not care much about rankings. From her point of view, this is just one more way of keeping her name in the public eye so the dullards will be sure to recognize it when time comes to vote.

fatherspledge on June 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

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