Hillary's book bombs

It turns out that the American public is not that interested in laying out hard cash for Hillary Clinton’s new book, despite a massive amount of publicity accorded it in the media. Daniel Halper reports in The Weekly Standard:

In an email this evening, a veteran publishing source calls the latest Hillary Clinton book, Hard Choices, a memoir of her State Department years, a "bomb." The source is referring to the early but underwhelming sales figures.

"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.

Unloading 850,000 copies of the book on the remainders table is going to be quite a challenge, and a deep embarrassment to Mrs. Clinton. More likely than not, most of the unsalable copies will ended up being recycled, becoming toilet paper, newsprint, and other fitting products.

Amazon. Com reviews are not exactly enthusiastic.

Of course, there is the faint possibility that Hillary can turn this around with a brilliant second week round of interviews, such as the one scheduled for later today with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren on Fox News. And I might win the lottery.

Simon and Schuster is a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, which can always write off the gigantic advance paid to Mrs. Clinton (reportedly $14 million bucks – but rest assured Hillary is a champion of the 99%) as a legal bribe. The same company, after all, is hiring Malia Obama as a production assistant, a position she no doubt earned on her merits.

It turns out that the American public is not that interested in laying out hard cash for Hillary Clinton’s new book, despite a massive amount of publicity accorded it in the media. Daniel Halper reports in The Weekly Standard:

In an email this evening, a veteran publishing source calls the latest Hillary Clinton book, Hard Choices, a memoir of her State Department years, a "bomb." The source is referring to the early but underwhelming sales figures.

"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.

Unloading 850,000 copies of the book on the remainders table is going to be quite a challenge, and a deep embarrassment to Mrs. Clinton. More likely than not, most of the unsalable copies will ended up being recycled, becoming toilet paper, newsprint, and other fitting products.

Amazon. Com reviews are not exactly enthusiastic.

Of course, there is the faint possibility that Hillary can turn this around with a brilliant second week round of interviews, such as the one scheduled for later today with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren on Fox News. And I might win the lottery.

Simon and Schuster is a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, which can always write off the gigantic advance paid to Mrs. Clinton (reportedly $14 million bucks – but rest assured Hillary is a champion of the 99%) as a legal bribe. The same company, after all, is hiring Malia Obama as a production assistant, a position she no doubt earned on her merits.

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