too much typing—since 2003


it could make a million for you overnight

A few days back, I wrote a bit about conspiracies; my own low-level theory involves paperback best-seller lists. How is it that the titles lining the racks of the grocery store book area, filed beneath their rankings proclaiming them best-sellers, seem invariably to end up there before I've seen them anywhere else at all? Is there a claque of fans who haunt the bookstores, waiting for the new John Grisham the very day it's released in paperback, sufficient in number to propel it that same day to the top of the charts?

I suppose there could be, for all I know or care...but I suspect somewhere there's some manipulation of what paperbacks are counted, what sales are counted. Me, I'm too lazy to do any research on it...but someone probably has the dirt.

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