[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/24/palinbook.jpg caption="Palin has signed 20,000 books, aide estimates."]Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin has signed 20,000 copies of "Going Rogue" during her nationwide book tour, a staffer traveling with the former Alaska governor estimates.
Palin will have visited 13 cities and traveled 4,000 miles by the end of Tuesday, with 80 percent of that travel done aboard the "Going Rogue" bus, according to Jason Recher, an adviser to Palin during her vice presidential bid now assisting with book tour logistics. Recher ticked through the statistics while riding the bus to Palin's stop at The Villages retirement community in central Florida.
He said Palin has sold 700,000 copies of her memoir so far.
"She is truly enjoying it," Recher told CNN. "I think she'd rather spend her time talking to folks like this rather than going to to fundraisers or talking to donors. She'd rather be signing books and meeting people than being a politician."
Recher said Palin is paying attention to some of the media coverage about her tour, but added: "We don't have time to sit around listening to people in Washington and New York."
Palin chatted with Sen. John McCain by phone last Friday while traveling through Ohio, Recher said, the first time the two have spoken since the book hit stores.
"He told her he really liked the book," Recher said, noting that Palin sent the McCains five copies of the book. He said McCain and Palin agreed that the back-and-forth sniping between former McCain and Palin advisers over the last several weeks "is not relevant to everyday people's lives."
After three Florida stops Tuesday, Palin will travel to Richland, Washington to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family before resuming the tour.