Monday, January 28, 2008

What Is the "Disappearing Bestseller"?

GalleyCat has had two posts in the last few days about a nonfiction bestseller that is rumored to have no copies in the pipeline and won't be reprinted -- here's the second post.

There are plenty of reasons why a publisher wouldn't want to reprint a particular book, and knowing that there are umpteen copies ready to be returned any moment is definitely one of them. Still, publishers usually manage these situations in public, and attempt to move stock around, if possible, to keep the supply where it needs to be.

But what I want to know is -- what book is this? From the context, I think it's a hardcover frontlist title, so I took a quick gander at a Nielsen-branded book-sales-tracking tool to find a few possibilities, with an eye to books that may have some controversy around them:
  • Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton
  • Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld
  • An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck
  • Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg
I have no idea if this rumor has any truth at all about it -- but I'd bet money that it's about Morton's bio of Cruise. Anyone have any other plausible candidates?

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