Saturday, January 1, 2011

MSNBC: Bush's book is popular because it is short and people hated him

 Decision Points
Liberals struggle to find a reason Bush's memoir, Decision Points,  is far outselling former President Clinton's.

ALEX PAREENE, SALON: Well, obviously we can't say for sure because we don't know why those two million people have bought it. But, there are, I’ve speculated a couple reasons. It may be the fact that he was hated by so many people actually helped fuel his book sales because people wanted to hear him actually justify himself and explain some of his decisions that he made. And, you know, there are, I mean, you can imagine that some people bought it as a gag or some people got it, received it as a gift and didn't really want it. And also the fact is like there are Kindle copies now, there are ebooks that are much more popular and not that’s a much cheaper way to buy a book. But my favorite speculative reason is that it's just half as long as Bill Clinton’s book. Bill Clinton’s book is like 1,000 pages long and George W Bush got his presidency done in 500 pages and then he's out.

O’DONNELL: Alex, I, that is brilliant. I think that's actually probably one of the main, that’s probably one of the main reasons. It's only half as long. That's fantastic. But what about sort of the ereader phenomenon? I mean, actually, that makes it much easier to purchase a book rather than, than, you know, having to go to a book store.

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