Crashing The Gate Isn’t Exactly Flying Off The Shelves
“A book hyped by major media as documenting a progressive revolution of “blogs” and political power, DAILY KOS ‘CRASHING THE GATE,’ has sold only 3,630 copies since its release last month, according to NIELSEN’s BOOKSCAN.
[NIELSEN claims only 2,062 copies of DAILY KOS have been purchased at the retail level; the rest coming through ‘discount’ outlets.]”
On the one hand, it’s really nice to see Kos’s book nosedive into the pavement.
Kos is a genius at building traffic, but he’s not-so-smart when it comes to politics. Here’s a guy who has raised hundeds of thousands of dollars through his blog and he has managed to funnel it to loser after loser after loser. Moreover, Kos has hurt the Democratic Party by helping to convince them that the path to success is to get angry about Bush and veer off to the left. If Karl Rove had came up with a scheme to use the liberal blogosphere to make it less likely that Democrats would get elected, he couldn’t have picked a better Pied Piper for left-wing dopes than Kos.
On the other hand, since Kos is the 800 pound gorilla of the political blogosphere and he can’t sell books, it makes other bloggers look much less appealing to publishers. That’s bad news for the rest of us hoping to produce books that will turn into decent sized paydays down the line.
So, is there a little schandenfreude here? Sure, but just a little…