Yesterday, I heard on the radio that former NJ governor Jim McGreevy’s tell-all book about sex and corruption during his administration sold 15,000 copies in its first week, enabling it to hit the NY Times best-seller list.
What saddens me is not that my former governor is making money based partly on the lousy job he did running my state while in office.
It’s that selling only 15,000 copies of a book makes it a best-seller!
If a pop diva’s new CD sold only 15,000 copies in the first week, Entertainment Tonight would be doing a story on the short life of her career.
If a movie sold only 15,000 tickets in its first week, the lead actor would be entering the Ben Affleck stage of his career.
Frightening, really, how much greater the consumption of electronic media is compared with books — once considered the primary source of knowledge and learning in this country.