CORRECTED: Ann Coulter: Plumping Her Sales Figures?
Editor's note: This item has been corrected. Its orginal version reported that sales figures of Ann Coulter's latest book had been plumped through a campaign of giveaways by conservative groups. Those figures, as explained above, were not part of that tabulation that made her book a Nielsen BookScan best seller. (We also fixed the spelling of Nielsen BookScan.) The updated item follows:
Ann Coulter may have perfected the art of flogging liberalsand 9-11 widowsto flog her books.
But it looks like she's been getting a little help in the sales department.
Her new screed, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, is now reportedly the fastest selling non-fiction book in the country, with 48,408 copies sold in its debut week, according to the latest Nielsen BookScan figures.
No doubt a lot of that reflects the shitstorm of controversy she's kicked up by attacking those widows who dared challenge the official explanations for 9-11 as "harpies" who are somehow "enjoying their husbands' deaths."
But the marketing of this book by Random House's new conservative imprint, Crown Forum, appears to reflect the same sales-hyping tactics as Coulter's previous publisher Regnery, the right wing book mill that pioneered the art of using bulk buys from conservative and religious groups to plump out sales figures. [UPDATED 6.16.06: These giveaways are not included in figures by Nielsen BookScan.]
The Conservative Book Club is also offering free copies of Godless if you agree to buy two more of their "regularly discounted" titles over the next year.
And NewsMax is pitching a $4.99 Godless, if you sign up for a trial subscription to their monthly NewsMax Magazine (or you can get the book free if you pay for a yearly sub).
All of which puts a new spin on Coulter's accusations of media whoring.
In Godless, Coulter accuses the 9-11 widowsor "Witches of East Brunswick," as she calls themof pimping their husbands' deaths for media attention and political gain:
"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' death so much."
"These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9-11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them. The whole nation was wounded, all our lives reduced. But they believed the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony."
"And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy."
Yet Coulter doesn't seem to mind pimping herself to sell books. The cover of Godless features her in a neck-plunging, skin-tight dress, with a small cross dangling above her ample cleavage.
It's quite a pose for a book that goes on about how "godless" liberals are.
Meanwhile, in a column published Wednesday [entitled "Party of Rapist Proud to Be Godless"] Coulter has the gall to go after all those critics who've been whooped up into helping her sell her book: Â "I'm getting a little fed up with people trying to make money off my book," Coulter complains. "Worthless little cable TV shows with teeny-tiny audiences, ridiculous legislators, and tabloid newspapers are all trying to make a name for themselves off the profundity of Godless."
Oops, maybe that's us.
But didn't the Bible say something about pride....?