Phalse Profits: Offit's
Book Peaks At 8,173
September 15, 2008
By J.B. Handley
The autism organizations waiting for a donation from Paul Offit from the profits
of his new book should re-calibrate their expectations. While I'm not a book
publisher, I'm guessing that the profits are quickly approaching zero.
One of the many cool things about Amazon.com is that it publishes a real-time
rank of every book sold on their site. Given that Offit got most of his PR over
this weekend and some stories reported that today is the day his book hits the
market, Amazon should be a decent proxy for sales performance.
To provide some context, when Jenny McCarthy's book, Louder than Words, launched
last year, it hit the Top 3 on Amazon for a couple of days, the Top 10 for more
than a week, and hung around the Top 100 for nearly a month. It also was a NY
Which brings me back to Offit's new book. I tracked performance from Friday
through today. Note that this data is real-time, so you may see a different
number when you go to Amazon, but here is his sales rank:
Does the fact that his book isn't selling mean he's full of shit? Well, no, not
necessarily. But, it sure is fun to watch. Is his peak really 8,173? Maybe not,
but it's an interesting trend line to see today's number given the PR timing.
More exciting to me was a news story I watched that aired on Saturday on the
local ABC station in Philadelphia where Offit is based. Hopefully, you can watch
the story for yourself
What's great about this story is the reporter actually took the time to find
some parents and a doctor who disagree with Offit. You listen to two couples who
claim the following: vaccines triggered their child's autism and biomedical
intervention is helping them recover. Then, a doctor comes on and supports the
parentís point of view. If this is the kind of PR Offit's book generates, it's
good for our kids.
Who's buying Offit's book? Did he get an advance? Did he have pre-order
commitments from Pharma to make the pitch to Columbia University Press? Maybe he
thought there more than a dozen NDs to buy his book, I really don't know.
What I do know is that Jenny's book, in distribution for almost a year, is
currently sitting at 4,689.
JB Handley is co-founder of
Generation Rescue and Editor at Large for Age of Autism.
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Hmm, seemed like a good day to pre-order Jenny's new book. Still a week away
from release and pre-order sales have it at 4,067.
Posted by: Jack |
September 15, 2008 at 02:06 PM
Good points. You never know, Merck could suddenly buy up thousands of copies to
hand out to doctors who have convince parents that it's safe to inject toxins
Posted by: Anne Dachel |
September 15, 2008 at 01:57 PM
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