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Michael Lewis Sales Strong Despite Amazon Boycott

bigshort.jpgIn March, negative Amazon Kindle critics overwhelmed the reviews section for the new book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis–urging customers to boycott his book for its lack of a Kindle edition.

Comparing Lewis’ book sales to one of his recent competitors, it appears that the negative reviews didn’t cripple Lewis’ sales. According to Nielsen BookScan data, Lewis sold 60,000 hardcover copies of his book the same week as the Amazon boycott. The next week he sold 40,000 copies.

In comparison, Andrew Ross Sorkin‘s Wall Street meltdown book Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System–and Themselves only managed to sell 14,000 hardcover copies its first week and 8,000 copies its second week, according to Nielsen BookScan data. Sorkin’s book has a Kindle edition that currently retails for $8.99.

What do you think? See the first month hardcover sales statistics for both books embedded after the jump.

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Susan Orlean’s Rescue; Andrew Ross Sorkin Adapted; John Edgar Wideman on Lulu

9780670021253L.jpgPublishing stories fell from the sky all day today. Here are a few headlines you may have missed.

First of all, HBO will adapt the bestselling financial meltdown book, Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin. Here’s more from Deadline Hollywood: “HBO has acquired rights to Too Big to Fail, the bestselling book by New York Times reporter Andrew Sorkin. Peter Gould has been hired to write the drama, and Spring Creek’s Paula Weinstein and Jeffrey Levine are executive producers.”

Next, author Susan Orlean helped rescue a chicken. Daily Intel has the scoop on the life and times of Uptown Gerry.

Finally, critically acclaimed author John Edgar Wideman has decided to self-publish his new collection of stories on Lulu.

What do you think? is this the start of a literary migration?

First Peek at Apple iBooks Store?

ibooks.jpgAll morning eBook fans have been analyzing a list that may be a leaked promotional memo about the upcoming Apple iBooks store.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog broke the news of the leaked list. According to the speculative article, the list may outline a new pricing scale for eBooks at Apple–with $14.99 for Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin to a free edition of Heat Wave by Richard Castle, among many others.

Here’s more from eBookNewser: “It’s got books by Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell and Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s over 100 books, ranging in price from $14.99 to free…What’ most interesting about this is not the titles themselves–everyone’s got the same books … the fact that Apple might launch iBooks and draw attention to $14.99 eBooks. Goodbye $9.99.”

Too Big Not to Write

9780670021253L.jpgWhile living the blogging lifestyle, can a journalist manage to write a book? According to Dealbook blogger Andrew Ross Sorkin, it can be done, as long as one is willing to work all night.

Over at wowOwow.com, the 32-year-old NY Times reporter spoke about his reporting adventures while writing “his new book, “Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System–And Themselves.” The interview features some casual bombshells like this one about the insular world of high finance: “I mean … 30 people [are] running the world, and they are all mostly men, with very few exceptions.” The interview will make almost any writer feel like a slacker…

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “I had some researchers who were helping me. I used to do my writing typically from midnight to about 6:30 in the morning, like I was back in college. I used to go to the corner store near my apartment, I’d buy a two-liter bottle of diet Coke and a bag of Stacy’s chips from the same guy. He’d laugh at me every time.”