Missing from hardcover bestsellers despite superior sales
NEW YORK – The New York Times has excluded David Limbaugh’s new book “Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel,” from it bestseller list despite sales figures superior to several books currently on the list.
The book’s publisher, Regnery Publishing, told WND the exclusion of Limbaugh’s book from the Sept. 28 print hardcover bestseller list reflects ideological bias against conservative and Christian titles.
“While publishers have long tried to discover the secret recipe by which the New York Times concocts its bestseller list, it seems increasingly likely that they are ‘cooking the books’ to fit their particular ideology,” Marji Ross, president and publisher at Regnery, told WND in an email.
“Yes, of course, conservative books appear on their list – including many Regnery books. I can only assume they are forced to place conservative books on their list in order to retain some sliver of credibility. But this trend of underreporting sales of conservative books is pronounced – and hard to justify.”
WND obtained statistics from Nielsen BookScan through the first week of sales ending Sept. 17, showing Limbaugh’s book sold 9,660 copies, making it the eighth bestselling book in all categories for that week.
BookScan supplies the publishing industry with weekly statistics regarding how many books were scanned at retail bookstores nationwide, providing valuable point-of-sale data.
WND also obtained an advance copy of the New York Times Print Hardcover Best Sellers list for Sept. 28 showing that ranked among non-fiction books only, Limbaugh’s first-week sales results should have been sufficient to list the book at No. 3, behind “What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions,” by Randall Munroe, and “13 Hours,” by Michael Zuckoff and the Annex Security Team in Benghazi.