Industry insiders are scratching their heads after Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett’s book made the New York Times’ Best Seller list despite being ranked the 1,030th best seller on Amazon.
Those with firsthand knowledge say such a disparity in the publishing world is “inconceivable” and speculate that Jarrett likely bribed her way onto the Times’ list.
The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak has more:
Anomalies around the book’s sales figures in industry databases have some in the book business questioning whether Jarrett, who’s rumored to have received a million-dollar-plus advance, paid a company to game the numbers.
Her book, which was published April 2, is number 1,030 on Amazon’s list of top sellers and has only three reviews on the site. It similarly ranks 1,244 on Barnes and Noble where signed copies are being sold for less than the suggested retail for unsigned copies.
Yet the book was also 14th on the NYT bestseller list.
“Given the organic sales of that book and the fact that during the entire week of rollout it barely cracked the top 100 on Amazon, there’s no way the book should have a place on the NYT Best Seller list. Inconceivable,” one prominent book industry insider, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “There’s likely an effort to game the system, it’s the only explanation.“
Companies like Result Source help authors boost their sales by buying 10,000 copies of their book and preventing bestseller list’s from recognizing those sales weren’t organic. In such cases, those sales would likely be excluded.