Book sales figures tumble for Hard Choices

posted at 12:41 pm on June 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s stipulate up front that most authors with contracts at major publishers would love to see their book sales fall to 48,000 in the second week, but Hillary Clinton is not most authors. She has global name recognition and was assumed to have a story to tell in Hard Choices, and got nearly $14 million from Simon & Schuster for publication rights. After the relatively inauspicious debut or what turned out to be a dull campaign tome on the charts of 85,721 in first-week hard-copy sales, the book fell to 48,227 in its second week, signifying a sharp decline in interest:

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choice” experienced a 43% drop in sales in its second week on bookshelves, according to numbers from Nielsen BookScan.

After 85,721 copies of “Hard Choices” were purchased in the book’s first week, 48,227 copies of the memoir sold in the second week, according to Nielsen numbers, which make up roughly 85% of all retail book sales and were provided to CNN by a publishing source. …

Jason Pinter, founder and publisher of Polis Books, said the decline is “not at all” surprising.

“Publicity-driven books like this are always front-loaded,” Pinter said. “Which is why the first week numbers were likely a cause for concern-they were only going to go down from there.” …

But Pinter said no matter how much Clinton sells the book, the “reviews were tepid enough to squelch interest from everyone but hardcore Hillary devotees.”

That’s the problem that the book sales expose. There aren’t really a lot of “hardcore Hillary devotees,” or even enough political junkies who ordered the book as reference material for the next two years. The first memoirs from Bill and Hillary Clinton sold like hotcakes because they were the first, and the public was still eaten up by curiosity over the Clintons and their era in the White House. By now, few retain either the curiosity or the enthusiasm for either Clinton in sufficient quantity to slap down $30 (or less, since Hard Choices is already being heavily discounted) to read an anodyne account of Hillary’s exploits since Living History.

Simon & Schuster are putting a brave public face, but the New York Times isn’t buying it. Internally, it’s a different story:

First-week sales typically account for about 30 percent of the total, thanks to the publicity blitzes that accompany publishers’ biggest releases. That means “Hard Choices” could fall far short of the one million copies that Simon & Schuster shipped to bookstores, industry executives said. (Publishers sell books on consignment and must take back copies that do not sell in the stores.)

The second-week figures also increase the likelihood that Simon & Schuster will not sell enough books to make up for Mrs. Clinton’s advance, said a publishing executive who did not want to speak on the record about a competitor’s book. …

Sales of the book have been strong compared with similar nonfiction titles — diet and self-help books notwithstanding. It will be No. 1 on The New York Times’s list of hardcover nonfiction best sellers on Sunday. On Wednesday, “Hard Choices” was No. 21 among Amazon’s best-sellers. (“Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” by Edward Klein is No. 3.)

Mrs. Clinton’s book has sold better than memoirs by other former members of the Obama administration, including recent releases by former Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (“Stress Test”) and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (“Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War”).

Talk about damning with faint praise. She’s outselling former Cabinet colleagues who don’t have anywhere near her name recognition, and her book is outselling other nonfiction, but not “diet and self-help books.” Yikes.

What does that say about Hillary’s chances in 2016? Nothing good, and that would be true even if she hadn’t spent two weeks repeatedly shooting herself in the foot while promoting the book, especially over a topic on which she should have prepared — her wealth. It’s as if she didn’t anticipate that Democrats would make income inequality an issue in this year’s midterm elections, despite the fact that they’ve been talking about it since September 2011 and spent all last summer hammering Mitt Romney over it.

On the other hand, I have to disagree in part with my friend Jon Ralston in his “epic rant” over Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Ralston called the fee “obscene”, “grotesque” and “revolting”, adding: “Hillary Clinton, who advocates for affordable education, should be ashamed.” And then, for good measure, Ralston asked incredulously: “Is anyone worth that much money?”

Um, wow. …

Now, one rant — even by someone with a following in a swing state and nationally like Ralston — isn’t all that big a deal for Clinton. Particularly since it’s happening in June 2014 not June 2016. But, Ralston’s reaction coupled with the ongoing problems Clinton has displayed in talking about her family’s wealth should be warning signs for the campaign in waiting.

If Hillary and her allies really want to cast her as either a) an average person or b) the voice of average people, they might want to cut back on taking six figure speech fees sometime relatively soon.

I agree with almost everything Jon says except where he says that Hillary should “be ashamed” to take the fee. I don’t begrudge Hillary Clinton or anyone else earning a living on the speaking circuit. UNLV and the foundation can and should be criticized for paying it, but that’s Hillary’s vocation these days. Chis Cillizza’s correct in warning about the optics of taking that payday, but it’s not an ethical problem to accept a fee for a market-based service at the going rate, which in this case is exactly what Hillary did. Besides, after the last two-plus weeks, the optics here pale in comparison to the “dead broke” and “not truly well off” claims.

Update: Joe Klein calls the wealth fumble a “disaster”:

So’s the book, relative to its advance and its political purpose.


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Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Schadenfreude, pure, against the publisher.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

So much of that $14 million advance will turn into an in-kind campaign contribution (or at least it would be treated as such of Clinton weren’t the Rat heir apparent)?

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Cleanser

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Can you win the Internet twice?

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM

The NYSlimes took off Klein’s book, about the obama/Clinton feuds, which are very real.

This guy used to be the editor of….leftist…Newsweek…for 20 years. Love the leftist thugs, always.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

“If”, even.

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Take heart, lefties, if Killary wins in 2016 her book will become mandatory in all American households, to be displayed prominently along with her portrait and a lapel pin.

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

How much exactly was the fee?

gophergirl on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

“What difference does it make!”

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Can you win the Internet twice?

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Send dough :) Kidding, kidding.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I repeat:

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-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 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

It takes a chillage.

Shy Guy on June 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

The publisher should have known better.

Fiction is ALWAYS an iffy proposition.

;->

PolAgnostic on June 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

obama will destroy Hillary, again, for good now.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

How much exactly was the fee?

gophergirl on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

$225,000 – for a speech at UNLV……………….unreal.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I can play this over and over and laugh, over and over.

This drunk hag is whom the media/leftist rats want to represent them.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Let the Dem Civil War begin.

Oil Can on June 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

How much exactly was the fee?

gophergirl on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Reportedly $8M

That’ll do wonders for someone’s career trajectory….but then, I’m sure it’s seen as an investment towards good will and access.

Athos on June 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Heh. Edward Klein’s Blood Feud is Number 3 on Amazon. Hillary’s book has dropped to Number 25.

TarheelBen on June 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

When you lose leftist liar Klein…you’re overcooked.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Let the Dem Civil War begin.

Oil Can on June 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Like the muslims in Iraq, I am rooting for all sides to do much damage.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

I’ve made some “Hard Choices” in my life, but deciding not to buy that crappy book wasn’t one of them.

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Damn, and those Books “came too faaaaaaaaaar”

Maybe they’s Always taaaaaard?

ToddPA on June 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Take heart, lefties, if Killary wins in 2016 her book will become mandatory in all American households, to be displayed prominently along with her portrait and a lapel pin.

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Hildabeast has less chance of being President than I do.

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I wonder how much of the sales were buybacks from S&S?

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Hillary and Bill split the NY house in two, to reduce their yearly and inheritance taxes.

Bill and Hill are for higher inheritance taxes, the hypocrites.

They also compare themselves to the Kennedys/Romneys, who set up similar trusts.

I love that the two charlatans, who’ve lived in public housing until they were in their high 50s, on the dole, are in defense mode over her stupidity…oh the irony “3a.m. call” and all.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

$225,000 – for a speech at UNLV……………….unreal.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Holy crap.

gophergirl on June 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Hildabeast has less chance of being President than I do.

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I pray you are correct.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM

$225,000 – for a speech at UNLV……………….unreal.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Never blame the speakers.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM

And to think that slow-witted, funny-talkin’ chillbilly coldneck from Alaska sold more books than Killary Klinton.

Slash guffaw.

Jedditelol on June 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I don’t begrudge Hillary Clinton or anyone else earning a living on the speaking circuit. UNLV and the foundation can and should be criticized for paying it, but that’s Hillary’s vocation these days.

I do sir. The sheer hypocrisy of that woman doing everything she supposedly despises in all facets of her life. UNLV has that much money to fritter away while tuition is high?

arnold ziffel on June 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I feel more embarrassed than anything. hildebeest is oblivious to the fact that she’s making a complete an ass of herself (maybe she had too much to drink). Normally I wouldn’t care, but she was representing the U.S. here.

And what on earth is that blouse/coat thing that she’s wearing? Yuck.

MisterElephant on June 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Holy crap.

gophergirl on June 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/hillary-clinton-collect-225000-keynote-unlv-fundraiser

Yep.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

That’s the $64 question we’ll probably never know the answer to…

Athos on June 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Simon and Schuster got exactly what they paid for. Whether the book sells or not is immaterial.

tommyboy on June 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

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

MisterElephant on June 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

My thoughts exactly. Well said.

Captain Kirock on June 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Wow and this was a rollout for a book written by the historic soon to be First Woman President of the US. So much for her being anointed by the Press.

Let’s assume they sell 250,000 books total. That would mean that S&S would need to make a net profit of $56 per book just to get back Hillary’s advance and cover printing expenses. Pretty tough to do since the retail price is $35 a copy. Heck they need to sell 400K books at full retail just to break even on her advance alone.

Johnnyreb on June 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

If Hildabeast still has any delusions of being President, I bet she hopes to sell an extra couple million books by having the government buy them like Hussein did with his two ghostwritten autobiographies.

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Jon Ralston is no one’s friend. A giant POS if there ever was one.

reddevil on June 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Let’s assume they sell 250,000 books total. That would mean that S&S would need to make a net profit of $56 per book just to get back Hillary’s advance and cover printing expenses. Pretty tough to do since the retail price is $35 a copy. Heck they need to sell 400K books at full retail just to break even on her advance alone.

Johnnyreb on June 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

You can already get it for $20. It’s destined for the $5 bargain bin, and even at that price I bet it ends up littering leftist run bookstores like Barnes and Noble by the hundreds for 20 years.

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Never blame the speakers.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM

No blame to the hildebeast. My twins just graduated HS this month and they will be attending CSN instead of UNLV. That is a huge trend in LV right now. Paying this woman that much $ for a speech is ludicrous.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Jon Ralston is no one’s friend. A giant POS if there ever was one.

reddevil on June 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Ah, you know of him I see.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Great news for antiquarians: twenty-five years from now you’ll still be able to get an unread first edition of Hard Choices in fine condition/fine dustwrapper for less than the MSRP, though there will probably be a remainder mark or glue residue from the discount sticker on the cover.

MisterElephant on June 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

OT: Breaking news. Barry is “deeply disappointed” with the SCOTUS NLRB ruling. :)

TarheelBen on June 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

TarheelBen on June 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

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-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 26, 2014 at 1:03 PM

What does it say about Hillary in 2016? you ask. I’d ask what does it say about Jeb Bush’s chances? I think it says the country has beyond reached a saturation point with all things CLINTON BUSH.

Marcus on June 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

OT: Breaking news. Barry is “deeply disappointed” with the SCOTUS NLRB ruling. :)

TarheelBen on June 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I bet he is

gophergirl on June 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

It’s as if she didn’t anticipate that Democrats would make income inequality an issue in this year’s midterm elections, despite the fact that they’ve been talking about it since September 2011 and spent all last summer hammering Mitt Romney over it.

The MSM only pillories rich REPUBLICANS. The topic of HER wealth was not supposed to come up.

GarandFan on June 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Nobody likes this lying scumbag.

John the Libertarian on June 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

WTF did Simon and Schuster expect?

Most of the libtards and OWS people can’t read.

And the only ones who might be interest in the witch are wickens and there cant be that many of them.

txdoc on June 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I said “what a great morning” too early.

Chuck Schick on June 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

obama will destroy Hillary, again, for good now.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

For the good of the dem party and the nation, Obumbles will make the supreme sacrifice and remain in office for another term as there is no possible candidate representing any party that is equal to him as POTUS. Absolutely no one measures up. He must stay on.

Anyone object? C’mon anyone?

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Oh please, one live skit on SNL and every msm elite will swoon right over her again.

rob verdi on June 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I wish you guys would stop promoting this loser book HiLarry has ordered published. You are going to build up interest in it by doing constant reviews of how crummy the sales are.

ExpressoBold on June 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

So much of that $14 million advance will turn into an in-kind campaign contribution (or at least it would be treated as such of Clinton weren’t the Rat heir apparent)?

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM

…same thing…with her ‘speeches’ !

JugEarsButtHurt on June 26, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Sending help to Benghazi or ensuring her party holds power–should the book have not been named Easy Choices?

hillsoftx on June 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I agree with almost everything Jon says except where he says that Hillary should “be ashamed” to take the fee. I don’t begrudge Hillary Clinton or anyone else earning a living on the speaking circuit.

I don’t either…unless, of course, they are raging hypocrites about it.

hollygolightly on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Nobody likes this lying scumbag.

John the Libertarian on June 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Well, nearly nobody. She still has some fans out there. Blind. Deaf. Dumb. Stupid. To be politically incorrect. But they are out there.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Anyone object? C’mon anyone?

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I’ll bet somebody out there has 95 grains at 3200 fps that says otherwise.

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

He must stay on.

Anyone object? C’mon anyone?

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Riots. In. The. Streets.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Are we going to hear from the LSM ad nauseum about how her unsold books are going to be pulped like when that happened to one of Newt Gingrich’s books? I doubt it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Now if Bill wrote a book of the same name;
Hard Choices
and it was a tell all book, I bet it would sell more copies.

barnone on June 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

This of course is no indication that the hordes of mindless Dem drones won’t flock to vote for the old bag if she runs.

otlset on June 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Book sales figures tumble for Hard Choices

Well, when the price hits $10 a copy, I know what all my liberal friends are going to be getting for Christmas this year.

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Pretty tough to do since the retail price is $35 a copy. Heck they need to sell 400K books at full retail just to break even on her advance alone.

Far more than that. Retailers usually double the price they pay for goods. I don’t know about books. My guess is somewhere north of 650,000 and that is only if Cankles’ book doesn’t go into the discount bin in the nest month.

jukin3 on June 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Well, nearly nobody. She still has some fans out there. Blind. Deaf. Dumb. Stupid. To be politically incorrect. But they are out there.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I have seen half a dozen bumper stickers Ready for Hillary in the last two days.

Were they giving them away, tucked in the book’s dust jacket?

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Simon and Schuster got exactly what they paid for. Whether the book sells or not is immaterial.

tommyboy on June 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Precisely.

Simon and Schuster likely could care less whether the book sells as long as the payoff to Killary went through. Of course, they’d like to make more money but this “book deal” was for influence not profit much like Simon & Schuster’s other payoffs to the Clintoons and other DNC pols.

They can always stick the bills to other investors a la the Cattle Futures swindle.

viking01 on June 26, 2014 at 1:11 PM

After the relatively inauspicious debut or what turned out to be a dull campaign tome on the charts of 85,721 in first-week hard-copy sales, the book fell to 48,227 in its second week, signifying a sharp decline in interest

That’s not the whole story — a lot of people buy books in electronic format nowadays. Of course, the e-book is not going to be any better than the print book, and I’m sure its sales are declining week-to-week in similar proportions, but it’s fair to note that the people buying Hillary’s book in hardcover are not all of the people who bought that book overall.

J.S.K. on June 26, 2014 at 1:11 PM

This of course is no indication that the hordes of mindless Dem drones won’t flock to vote for the old bag if she runs.

otlset on June 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

It’s not nice to call hitlery an “old bag”. I know a lot of “old bags” that are actually nice. Shame on you!…………………..

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I’ve made some “Hard Choices” in my life, but deciding not to buy that crappy book wasn’t one of them.

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM

At leat Gore’s made an excellent doorstop.

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I’ll bet somebody out there has 95 grains at 3200 fps that says otherwise.

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

O_o

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

The only hard choices hillarity ever had to face was whether to split Monica’s lip or to split Bills head.

Old Country Boy on June 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

It’s not nice to call hitlery an “old bag”. I know a lot of “old bags” that are actually nice. Shame on you!…………………..

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

YEAH!

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

, but it’s fair to note that the people buying Hillary’s book in hardcover are not all of the people who bought that book overall.

J.S.K. on June 26, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I think it would also be fair to note that not enough people are buying the book, in any format, to recoup even the advance much less make a profit.

Oldnuke on June 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM

YEAH!

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

LOL!

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM

This thread is starting to look like QOTD: Early Edition.

:)

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I’ll bet somebody out there has 95 grains at 3200 fps that says otherwise.

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I’d be one of those. Just sayin’.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

FEMA to announce a 1million copy buy soon for the illegal child invaders in place of toilet paper.

can_con on June 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Old Country Boy on June 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Whether to throw ashtrays or lamps always seems to have been Killary’s hardest choice.

viking01 on June 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

LOL… what he said, only…. umm… no inferences regarding any identities at HA… or …

I will shut up now.

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM

After the relatively inauspicious debut or what turned out to be a dull campaign tome on the charts of 85,721 in first-week hard-copy sales, the book fell to 48,227 in its second week, signifying a sharp decline in interest

Clinton “donors” can only be forced to buy so many copies of the worthless drivel. The Clinton Library probably needed to stock up with 20,000 copies … but even BJ Clinton didn’t want to buy any more than that.

I would bet that sales of this POS book to regular people (who might actually read it) are about the same as percentage of twitter or farcebook accounts that aren’t bots. It’s all the same lefty propaganda BS …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM

It’s not nice to call hitlery an “old bag”. I know a lot of “old bags” that are actually nice. Shame on you!…………………..

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

How about Battle Axes?

ToddPA on June 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

$225,000 – for a speech at UNLV……………….unreal.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

That’s only the tuition for 10 kids majoring in gender studies or crop circles for a couple of semesters.

BL@KBIRD on June 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I’d be one of those. Just sayin’.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Don’t forget, the NSA is here. They might want to know if you know of someone who knows.

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

How about Battle Axes?

ToddPA on June 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

A Clump of Cankle Cells?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I am sure Hilary will just add a clause to her speech contracts stipulating a minimum buy of 5000 copies for each event.

can_con on June 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I’ll bet somebody out there has 95 grains at 3200 fps that says otherwise.

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I’d be one of those. Just sayin’.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

That is if you mean the overall reaction should he actually be so bold as to do that, cause it’d be The American Revolution Part II.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

The numbers quoted are not books sold. Those are books delivered to dealers. That number, less the number of books returned unsold, constitute book salws. That is a way publishers try to con people into buying their political trash. I don’t have the link on me, but a couple of days ago, Sarah Hoyt did an excellent job over at Instapundit of explaining the whole system.

Old Country Boy on June 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I’d be one of those. Just sayin’.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Don’t forget, the NSA is here. They might want to know if you know of someone who knows.

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Misinterpretation of the statement. Such an action would be out of the question.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

hildebeest is oblivious to the fact that she’s making a complete an ass of herself (maybe she had too much to drink)

I believe you are correct but I will not tell you why.

Tsar of Earth on June 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

I was in the bookstore two weeks ago and it was almost frightening how many freestanding and end cap displays they had set up for Bill’s Hell Hill.

Today, only one display, two books across and three down. It was a relief to not have that woman’s airbrushed fake face peering at me around every turn.

What a difference a week or two makes.

Fallon on June 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

is anyone else tired of all the exposure given to the ridiculous and hateful morning joe crew (big JOE himself at the fore of that characterization)?

it is funny how most of the morning joe clips and references used to be about its pathetic liberal tripes and trivialities, and then a noticeable shift took place where we were supposed to start recognizing good ol’ joe’s tried and trued conservative creds. crazy, and a real stain upon hotair’s credibility.

(clearly some arrangement was made to burnish joe’s standing in the conservative community – completely undeservedly so, those of us with an ounce of integrity understand.)

truecon on June 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

That is if you mean the overall reaction should he actually be so bold as to do that, cause it’d be The American Revolution Part II.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

yep, of course that’s what I meant. We meant.

captnjoe on June 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM

What she did as SOS could be written on a post it note….and not use all the space.

d1carter on June 26, 2014 at 1:23 PM

hildebeest is oblivious to the fact that she’s making a complete an ass of herself (maybe she had too much to drink)

I believe you are correct but I will not tell you why.

Tsar of Earth on June 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Meh, a lot of people do silly or dumb things is such an environment. Before the age of instant video, internet, facebook and youtube, most people weren’t privy to these antics.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:23 PM

How about Battle Axes?

ToddPA on June 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Yes. Or D-bags. Or slime buckets. Or liberal. Or dimbocraps.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Evidently, Shrillary Book Mania is being muscled out by World Cup Mania! America is beset by Hard Choices on which un-American mania to get swept up in. As soon as the World Cup ends (whenever that might be) Shrillary’s book sales will necessarily skyrocket!

Yeah … that’s the ticket.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Speaking of libraries… Simon and Schuster depends on the Lefties running the ALA (Am. Library Assn.) to buy their socialist books on the taxpayer dime.

The ALA is very dependable for steering taxpayer loot to Leftist publishers and authors regardless of public demand or interest.

I well remember when Palin’s book was flying off the store shelves and one local branch library had one copy of her book and a half dozen of Splash Kennedy’s. The hold list for the city system was several hundred for Palin’s book waiting for just twelve copies (all checked out) and the hold list for Splash Kennedy’s was zero with a few dozen copies with maybe one copy checked out.

viking01 on June 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM

The American Revolution Part II.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

It’s coming sooner or later. Let’s get it over with.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 1:26 PM

OT: Breaking news. Barry is “deeply disappointed” with the SCOTUS NLRB ruling. :)

TarheelBen on June 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Methinks they’re in for an even more severe lecture at the next SOTU, especially since this is the 12th or 13th time they’ve ruled against the Constitutional Law Professor in Chief since 2012.

Drained Brain on June 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

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