Summarized by Kent Larsen
Hinckley's Book Hit's #34 On USA Today List
(USA Today's top best sellers)
USA Today 24Feb00 A1
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's book
"Standing for Something" debuted on USA Today's list of the best
selling books in the U.S. at #34, and the publisher, Times Books, is
reporting strong sales. Following strong advance demand for the book,
Times Books printed 140,000 copies, and has since gone back to press
twice, raising the total number of copies in print to 175,000 copies.
The book has also been ranked highly on Amazon.com's list of best
selling titles, ranking this morning at #71. Initially the book was
released in Utah on February 12th, and then was released Nationally
on February 22nd.
USA Today's list is significantly different from the better-known New
York Times Book Review's list. It includes all books in a single
list, regardless of whether the book is fiction or non-fiction,
paperback or hardcover, while the Times divide's up its lists. USA
Today's list also appear's much quicker than the Times - the Times'
most recent issue -- February 27th -- included sales for the week
ending February 12th. Amazon.com's system for counting best sellers
is similar to that of USA Today, but only count's Amazon's own sales.
Times Book's Will Weiser said that the company is very pleased with
the reaction to the book, "We're seeing a huge amount of interest in
the book. Its been very exciting."