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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin waves to someone in the crowd before signing her memoir "Going Rogue" as her daughter Piper Palin looks on at the North Post Exchange on Nov. 23, 2009 in Fort Bragg, N.C. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

By the Associated Press
NEW YORK -- "Going Rogue" has sold a million copies.

HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis said Tuesday that just two weeks after publication, Sarah Palin's memoir has sold 1 million copies. The print run for "Going Rogue" has been increased again, to 2.8 million copies. The original printing was 1.5 million, then moved up to 2.5 million.

"Going Rogue" joins a select club of million-selling political memoirs that includes Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope," Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Living History" and Bill Clinton's "My Life."

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simonsays1:
the trouble is not that Palin could see Russia from her back door.
the trouble in that Obama could see
the mosque from his growing up.....

in Jakarta....
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Hell I'll take a guy who goes to a mosque over some biblical fascist who believes in lying, bombing, torturing, raping, stealing oil and goes to church.

BTW, How is that Armageddon thing going. Any signs of "Jeebus" proclaiming the 'End Times'???

Posted by: akhtarman | December 2, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

the trouble is not that Palin could see Russia from her back door.
the trouble in that Obama could see
the mosque from his growing up.....

in Jakarta....

Posted by: simonsays1 | December 2, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, so did Mao in the '70s. His little red book.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 2, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

No, mikey30919, I didn't love (nor did I vote for) Tricky Dick.

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

WOW !!! That's a lot of copies for a Comic Book !!!

Posted by: spiritguide | December 1, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, so ... Snoop Dogg's 1994 album "Doggystyle" sold 800,000 copies in its first week and is certified quadruple platinum (4 million copies sold). But to be fair, he is a person of color.

"I got the Rolie on my arm & I'm pourin Chandon & I roll the best weed cause I got it goin on ..."

That in your face stuff, man, some people love that I guess. But hey, whatever. When ya peeps is in the crib, ma ...

Posted by: pressF1 | December 1, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The publisher, HarperCollins, is paying for the plane (which it wanted Gov. Palin to use exclusively, and she insisted on a bus being used for most of the book tour). One Palin aide estimated that the plane has been used a total of 24 hours only. As for GWB being guilty of all those crimes, then why isn't Obama prosecuting?

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD

I was in the Army and I promise you W has broken many laws, torture, illegal imprisonment, violated "habeas corpus" by american citizens, wiretapping Americans phone, computers etc without warrants, but hey if you are alright with a President breaking the law, you must have LOVED Nixon then didn't you?

Posted by: mikey30919 | December 1, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

hey when you can buy a Xmas present at Wal mart for 4.98 hey but how much are they making on the book it sure isn't selling for 24.99 or what ever the list price is on it and how much and whose paying for the twin jet plane she is flying around on some bus tour when the only one on the bus is the bus driver, the "Governor" is on the plane, I bet the publisher wishes she was still in Alaska, that paint job on the bus must have cost 50 grand or better now they have to pay for a plane every day? I would love to see the full accounting on this book, the publisher is going broke.....

Posted by: mikey30919 | December 1, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

So what? Manson, white supremacists, Christian jihadists, Limpbaugh, and Beck all sold large numbers of books. This only means that any idiot can sell books.

Posted by: revbookburn | December 1, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Homunculus and coach_j1955 : )

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Better make that one million and one copies sold. I just bought a copy at Borders Books today.

Posted by: Homunculus | December 1, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is just your average Sarah, whats wrong with that, better than being the smartest person in the room with zero common sense and thinking you are a god.

Lets get that Obama thesis released and see what that beautiful mind really has in store for us.

Posted by: coach_j1955 | December 1, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Gee, forgot to mention Rush's books both sold over 2 million copies.
No bias here?
Oh, and by the way Billy boy only sold 660,000. The rest were purchased by the DNC.

Posted by: coach_j1955 | December 1, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

You may be right but you forgot 2008, It's the economy stupid, how's that hope and change workin for ya!

"We'll see how "stupid" that number of Americans is (are?) on Election Day 2012 ; )"

I think we got the answer to that question on election day 2000 and again in 2004. :p

Posted by: writinron | December 1, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: coach_j1955 | December 1, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

kimkimminni1:

Well, I have a brain, and I don't believe that GWB is guilty of war crimes or any other criminal activity. Are YOU even an American citizen?

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

For all the free publicity she's been getting from all the media sources it doesn't surprise me one bit. At $4.95 cents a copy on the web, I,m sure the right wing could come up with 5 million dollars to make it look and sound good. What would be a shame though is a fruit loop like her to be the first woman president when a woman far more qualified couldn't get out of the primaries thanks to republican propaganda and halfwits. Of course if W could be president and get away with all the war crimes and criminal activity and his party could manage to pass the buck for all of it, who's got a brain in America? The land of doom...

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | December 1, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

For the record, Sarah Palin attended a TOTAL of four schools to obtain her journalism degree (Hawaii Pacific University, North Idaho College, University of Idaho, Matanuska-Susitna College, and back to the University of Idaho). Barack Obama attended three (Occidental College, Columbia, and Harvard). Bill Clinton attended two (Georgetown and Yale). Ronald Reagan attended just one (Eureka College).

Now that we have gotten all that out of the way, does anyone else want to discuss the actual thread topic about Palin selling over a million books?

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"Wow- for a woman who you all call stupid, she's looking mighty smart with her pockets full of $$$$$$$$."

First of all, her pockets are not full of $$$$$$$$$$$.

Second, there are many people who do have pockets full of $$$$$$$ -- athletes, actors, heirs -- who are incredibly stupid.

Palin is not stupid, she is just mediocre. About what you'd expect from a woman who scraped out a degree from one mediocre school after attending five others.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 1, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

A white-trash hillbilly nutty politician selling books to a million white-trash nutty hillbillies!

Yawn! Nothing to see here folks, move along. Stop looking at the mangled corpse, just move along!

Posted by: akhtarman | December 1, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I was at the store the other day and had a lady customer buy her book. The first thing I said to her, that based on the reviews including the those mentioned in the book, it is basically a insider spat and culling from several sources that she listed the names of people who are her enemies, did not list those who are her friends as well as everyone in between. Then another guy who was with her said "there you go." Her reaction is surprised. My best thing is Mary Matalin's opinion about it and yet she's a conservative. Many listed in the book says "it is fiction."
Another funny thing it has no index, forcing you to read the whole thing(unless you go Slate.com for the index information).

JakeD, you should realize that the book can bought by various groups in order to artifically boost the number to reach the best selling list. This one is no exception.

Posted by: beeker25 | December 1, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to jkoch2:

I read my copy of "Going Rogue". How many of Obama's or either Clinton's book (especially his 10,000 page one) were read? For that matter, how many Harry Potter books are actually read?

"The fourth Harry Potter novel and David Beckham's autobiography are among the books least likely to be finished by Britons, according to a survey."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6440981.stm

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Is Big News. Obama is Old News."

Posted by: simonsays1

Well, Atouk says: Obama is big news again by sending A LOT of young men and women to Afganistan.

Posted by: Atouk | December 1, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"truth"1:

Perhaps you missed the significance of the Army lieutenant's book in that movie. It would have exonerated him, but more importantly could have been used to educate other and protect the Lakota people from destruction, but instead it was used as toilet paper. God willing, Palin's book will encourage enough of the 308 million Americans (not all of them vote) to STAND UP and re-take America before she is lost forever.

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Palin's book will probably be used in a new Dances with Wolves movie. The Union dummy soldier squatting in the bush will be asking his equally dumb buddy to 'gimmy some paper'. That may be a good use for this 'book'.

Posted by: truth1 | December 1, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow- for a woman who you all call stupid, she's looking mighty smart with her pockets full of $$$$$$$$.

Posted by: jiboo | December 1, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

400 pages is quite a bit for a colouring book.

Posted by: edlharris | December 1, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

A million copies of Palin's book sold? How many of them read? Well, just so the admirers don't miss anything, some enterprising morning TV host should force some grunt to read it and give the "skinny," which the host can then divulge to the audience between the news about Tiger and Britanny. As for the printed tome, it will nicely adorn shelves next to volumes of Dan Brown, Nostradamus, No Money Down, Soap Digest, and any half-empty box of malted milk balls or doughnuts.

Posted by: jkoch2 | December 1, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Actually I was way wrong, way wrong. The U.S. has a population of over 300 million. So that one million just looks smaller and smaller all the time.

Posted by: curtb | December 1, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Of course there is the thing about giant bulk book sales to spike a books popularity. It's done all the time and even was the subject of a democratic speaker of the house ethics voilation for getting paybacks. I doubt that would be the case here but it always helps sales to get on the list too, doesn't it? Sarah probably gets some of the proceeds I would think. Obama even had two books.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | December 1, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"For all of you folks who equate book sales with votes in a presidential election, we are a country of around 150 million I believe. One million isn't even close to one percent. So Jake D, I wouldn't start gloating just yet. And yes, FOX is cut-rating the book like a loss leader. Yet again, a la election 2000, the hard right misrepresents America. They're a very loud minority."

We are actually a country of over 300 million people. And since 70 percent of voters think Palin is unqualified to be president, even the dumbest rightwingnut can see that the math just doesn't work. Meanwhile, Palin is laughing all the way to the bank at the expense of these poor saps.

Palin's book will definitely set one record -- most copies regifted! Or thrown out. Or burned as kindling.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 1, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

For all of you folks who equate book sales with votes in a presidential election, we are a country of around 150 million I believe. One million isn't even close to one percent. So Jake D, I wouldn't start gloating just yet. And yes, FOX is cut-rating the book like a loss leader. Yet again, a la election 2000, the hard right misrepresents America. They're a very loud minority.

Posted by: curtb | December 1, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"We'll see how "stupid" that number of Americans is (are?) on Election Day 2012 ; )"

I think we got the answer to that question on election day 2000 and again in 2004. :p

Posted by: writinron | December 1, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

chi-town:

In case you haven't heard, "Going Rogue" is the NYT number one best-selling NON-fiction book.

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Not bad for a work of fiction.

Posted by: chi-town | December 1, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"We'll see how "stupid" that number of Americans is (are?) on Election Day 2012 ; )"

That will be tough to judge, since Palin won't be on the ballot in 2012, unless she runs on a third-party ticket and hands the White House to Obama for another four years.

But then we'd know how stupid her book buyers really are!



Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 1, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else seen the ads on Fox News selling Palin's book for 5 bucks with added free subscription to some Fox/Murdoch political mag? I wonder how many of those million were sold at this bargain price. I also wonder how many of those million will actually be read clear to the end.

Posted by: writinron | December 1, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

To round out the "select club" of million-selling political memoirs, does anyone know how many hardback copies Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope" sold?

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

According to industry insiders, Palin got a $7 million advance for her book. She’s earning a royalty rate of 15 percent, which means she makes $4.35 per book sold, and therefore needs to sell 1.6 million books to earn out her advance. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that HarperCollins had printed another 100,000 copies of Going Rogue, bringing the total in print to 1.6 million. Palin would need to sell all of those to earn out her advance, so it’s unlikely that’s going to happen.

But HarperCollins will be making money long before that. There’s a rule of thumb in the industry that publishers net about $10 per hardcover sold, after expenses, but before the cost of the advance. Once she’s sold 700,000 copies, then, HarperCollins is in the black. And what of that 1.6 million printed? An ideal “sell-through” rate is about 75 percent, which means HarperCollins thinks it’s going to sell about 1.2 million copies. At that level, Palin will have made $7 million and HarperCollins $5 million of its own.

Assuming HC has that sell-through rate in mind, boosting production to 2.5 million copies means they’re now expecting to sell north of 1.8 million — and that Palin will more than earn out her advance, gigantic as it is at a cool $7 mil. The only questions now are whether they’ll boost production yet again(!) and how long it’ll be before the rumors start about another book. The obvious choice for a topic is the future of conservatism, which won’t sell as much as a personal memoir but will still do plenty of business among grassroots righties, especially if it’s rushed out in time for the midterms.

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/20/wow-palins-publisher-boosts-print-run-from-1-5-million-to-2-5-million/

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

We'll see how "stupid" that number of Americans is (are?) on Election Day 2012 ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"No Palin isn't popular, she couldn't possibly be a presendential contender.
Thus say the libs on the WP comment page.
You are giving Palin a lot of free advertising and placing her in the category of underdog."

Right, numbnutz, that would be perfectly in line with how Palin and her mob of slack-jawed, inbreed followers operates.

"Those mean, nasty anonymous posters on www.washingtonpost.com. We'll show them. And that mean old Charlie Gibson, who looked at our darling Sarah over his glasses. We'll show him too. And that mean old Katie Couric and her tough questions about what newspapers our darling Sarah reads."

You are a complete joke -- your mob is dwarfed by the number of Americans who are repulsed by Sarah Palin.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 1, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is not lying and will easily outsell that number."

Please, jokey. She's lying throughout the book, about mundane bits of nothing. She is a small person who will never see the inside of the White House unless she stands in line for a ticket or crashes a party.

The number of copies of this piece of crap that are sold is testimony to nothing but how stupid that number of americans is.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 1, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Is Big News.

Obama is Old News.

Posted by: simonsays1 | December 1, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin’s book also pulled the second-best first-week sales of any memoir by a current or past president, or vice presidential or presidential contender, Nielsen BookScan said. The No. 1 book on that list, “My Life,” by Bill Clinton, sold 606,000 copies in its first week in 2004.
HarperCollins, which released “Going Rogue,” said the book’s overall first-week sales totaled 700,000 copies
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/26/books/26arts-GOINGROGUETO_BRF.html

No Palin isn't popular, she couldn't possibly be a presendential contender.
Thus say the libs on the WP comment page.
You are giving Palin a lot of free advertising and placing her in the category of underdog. America loves the underdog. You libs are insulting a large swath of America when you denigrate her.

Posted by: rickshawjim | December 1, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Rob : )

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, quite a market for doorstops this year.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 1, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

How this must stick in the craw of the MSM and left-wing talking heads who were so eager for Palin's book to belly flop. We owe a debt of gratitude to Palin if only for the dyspepsia she gives the editors of The New Yorker.

Posted by: Rob_ | December 1, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

For the record, "Living History" by the Queen of Lies, Hillary Clinton, ONLY sold 1.3 million copies. Sarah Palin is not lying and will easily outsell that number.

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The former Queen of Lies, Hillary Clinton, sold twice as many books and couldn't get enough votes to win the Democrat nomination. Simple Sarah has dethroned Hillary and captured the title Queen of Lies, but her book sales say she doesn't have any chance at all of winning the Republican nomination.
Sure her Christofascist cult of supporters are loud and obnoxious, but there aren't enough of them to have any real effect on the elections.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | December 1, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

And for anyone who hasn't figured it out yet, THAT is why she resigned her Governorship. Lots more money to be made selling books, going on book-related speaking tours, etc.

(Plus, there'll be less motivation for the authorities to pursue the various ethics scandals surrounding her Administration if she's no longer holding that Office.)

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 1, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!! I wasn't talking about anyone east of the 5 freeway. My main point is that "hillbillies" are not that main readers of Palin's book (I've sent copies to friends and family too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I live in San Diego as well and if you doubt that hillbillies exist you haven't been to east county yet. Or visited Klantee. San Diego is a village masquerading as a city where the influence of the military is pervasive and conservatism is the local brand. Given the factual errors and hypocrisies that litter Sarah Palin's "tome", one wonders why you'd spend $25 when the Enquirer costs only a buck, and you can listen to the great Gasbag on radio for free.

Posted by: bklyndan22 | December 1, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

mongolovesheriff:

I live in San Diego, California; does that count as "hillbillies" to you?

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Geez, they found a million hillbillies who can read? Ubetcha!

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | December 1, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

If PACs bought the book in bulk, wouldn't that purchase be reportable to agencies such as FEC, etc.? That's what I am asking. Don't see where that's a "liberal" or "conservative" question. But maybe you are looking at my dossier?

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 1, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info, gbooksdc. As I remember, Clinton's "My Life" autobiography sold in excess of 2,250,000 copies (making it the all-time best selling political book in U.S. history). We'll have to see if Palin can beat that.

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

By the way, it is important to the publisher and the author to keep special sales distinct from regular trade sales, because bulk sales earn a much smaller royalty fof the author.

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 1, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

LOL at scrivener50. Oh, the liberal mind at work . . .

Yes, let's contact those "regulators" who regulate the NYT best seller list. LOL.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 1, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

As a former editor, I can tell you that bulk sales (aka "special sales") are not included in these figures. If HarperCollins says she sold one million, she sold one million.

In the book business, you print a certain number of returns, books you know will go unsold. For a book of this ilk, 30% sounds about right. So If they're printing 2.5 million, they're expecting sales of 1.75 million (INCLUDING bulk sales, etc.).

I'd sure love to know her deal, in terms of advance, percentages, etc.

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 1, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

What "regulators" are you referring to?!

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

HAVE PALIN BACKERS 'GOOSED' THE BESTSELLER LIST?

But inquiring minds want to know: How many copies of the Palin screed were purchased in bulk by political action committees, think tanks and other political organizations and then given away or sold below cost?

Is anyone at WaPo asking the question? If PACs bought in bulk, shouldn't that info be disclosed to regulators?

Is "goosing" the best-seller list a deceptive marketing practice?

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U.S. CENSORS THE NET WHILE OBAMA LECTURES CHINA ON NET CENSORSHIP

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-censors-net-while-obama-lectures-china-net-censorship

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 1, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

WOO HOO!!!

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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