'O' novel debuts to slow sales
February 4th, 2011
02:23 PM ET
12 years ago

'O' novel debuts to slow sales

Washington (CNN) - The highly anticipated novel "O" debuted last month to surprisingly slow sales and sold only 2,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Bookscan. This comes after months of speculation and publicity over who its anonymous author might be.

Time Magazine published a report January 27th that Arizona Sen. John McCain's former political adviser, Mark Salter, was the author. Salter has yet to confirm or deny these reports.

"O: A Presidential Novel" hit shelves January 25th and fell short of the high tide of chatter it raised in previous weeks leading up to its unveiling. According to Nielsen BookScan, in its first week on shelves the novel only sold 2,000 (rounded to the nearest thousand) copies nation wide through January 30th.

The novel also failed to make The New York Times 'Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers' list and the USA Today 150 Best Sellers' list.

For months, the books' publisher Jonathan Karp of Simon and Schuster fueled speculation about who the alleged author might be–posting trivia games and clues on the novels website. Political blogs read with a long list of potential authors–everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to former Presidential adviser David Axelrod.

CNN reached out to Simon and Schuster for a reaction to the publications poor reviews and sales, but no one was available for comment.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. willynel

    My goodness, that's even worse than Tim Pawlenty's book. I guess this is a sign of mental health for the country.

    February 4, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    WOW, not even the right wingers are buying this book?
    At least they put it in the right spot – FICTION, now if the libraries can only do that to the Bible, Torah and the Koran...

    February 4, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. NC

    Maybe people are just tired of the constant book releases from people that don't really matter.

    February 4, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Morgana

    Maybe everybody else sees this marketing campaign the same way I see it: a sham. To withhold the name of the author and then throw out a bunch of famous possible authors feels very much like a dishonest move. Hope they learn from this. 2011 is the year this world starts getting authentic. Join us, Jonathan Karp of Simon and Schuster.

    February 4, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    There are rules to selling books to right wingers, and you must follow these rules:

    1. There must be an American Flag on the cover (for fake Patriotism)
    2. There must be the word Liberal followed by a bad word in the title
    3. There must be a picture of Obama with a sicle and hammer in front of a Nazi flag
    4. Optional – either HitIer mustache or a bone thru the nose can be put on Obama

    February 4, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Paul ny http://www.youtube.com/ny007ny

    There are about a million dumb books about that dumb x-president already. Who cares anymore?

    February 4, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. OneMoreTime

    Guess he is going to have to do what "Trademark" did, buy his own books.

    February 4, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |