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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Levin’

John McCain Ponders Sarah Palin Memoir

images.jpegRecently at the Washington Ideas Festival, former presidential Senator John McCain fielded some questions about his expectations and worries about Sarah Palin‘s upcoming memoir.

Since Palin’s “Going Rogue: An American Life” is named after a label placed on the former Alaskan governor by an angry McCain staffer, the memoir promises to have some pointed insights into her failed vice-presidential bid. Via an article by Politico‘s Michael Calderone, here is McCain’s diplomatic quote: “The part I’m looking forward to most is the part where it energized our campaign, and her selection put us ahead in the polls…The part I’m looking forward to the least thing is some of the disagreements that took place within the campaign.”

In addition, Calderone’s post mentioned an ongoing debate about the mainstream media’s liberal bias when reviewing political books: “NewsBusters asks today if the mainstream media will ignore Palin’s book like this year’s best-sellers from Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin and Mark Levin (which sold over 1 million copies in 2009 without a NY Times or Washington Post review). I say no.”

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Inside Mary Matalin’s Conservative Imprint

LettersSM.jpgPolitico recently profiled Mary Matalin, the Republican strategist, commentator, and and author who now serves as EIC at Simon & Schuster’s 4-year-old conservative imprint, Threshold Editions.

The article explores Matalin’s close working relationship with her powerful authors, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and stategist Karl Rove. The article also offers a sneak peak at the next book by Fox News personality Glenn Beck, entitled “Arguing With Idiots: America’s Next Epic Battle: 1776 vs. 1984.”

The article also interviewed HarperCollins executive editor Adam Bellow, who had these thoughts: “You have to have screaming commercial best-sellers. You have to keep delivering them year after year. The success at Threshold, which took a while to find its legs, has been largely to do with Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. And the success of those books is that these authors have enormous media platforms.”

Revenue Dips Nearly 20 Percent at Simon & Schuster

SS_corp_logo_wout_tag.jpgYesterday Simon & Schuster reported that revenue had fallen nearly 20 percent for the quarter ending March 31st, 2009, mirroring the near 20 percent dip in revenue that HarperCollins reported earlier this week.

At the same time, Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy told Publishers Weekly that a number of new writers were selling briskly, building a new stable of bestsellers for the company. She mentioned “City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare, “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova, and “Liberty and Tyranny” by Mark Levin.

Here’s more from the article: “Reidy said results were ‘somewhat worse than our original expectations.’ She blamed slower frontlist sales compared to a year ago when ‘The Secret’ and Stephen King‘s ‘Duma Key’ were selling well, lower backlist sales and little sales carryover from titles released during the 2008 holiday season for the down quarter.”

UK Digital Book Company Partners with Simon & Schuster in US

blackberryapp.jpgSimon & Schuster has teamed up with GoSpoken.com to sell digital books in the BlackBerry App World for American readers. Currently, the UK-based company has 2,000 titles in digital and audio formats for UK readers, and they hope to build the catalog to 20,000 titles by the end of the year.

The initial selection includes Aravind Adiga‘s Booker Prize-winning “The White Tiger,” Dan Brown‘s “Angels & Demons,” and Mark Levin‘s “Liberty and Tyranny.”

Go Spoken founder, author, and retired Special Air Service member offered this statement: “Having a books app like GoSpoken on BlackBerry seems like a natural progression as BlackBerry’s are already fantastic reading devices. Since leaving the armed forces, books have become my life, so making them easily accessible in this way is a revelation.”