It’s early in the day, but never too early for a heaping plate of schadenfreude.
There’s hand-wringing and finger-pointing at Simon & Schuster over the soft performance of Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices,” for which she got a $14 million advance, sources said — and which was replaced at No. 1 on the best-seller list this week by an “exposé” about Hillary and Bill Clinton.
The former secretary of state’s tome sold 161,000 copies in its first three weeks, according to Nielsen BookScan — but 85,000 of those were sold in the first week. That number has dropped sharply to 48,000 and 28,000 in subsequent weeks, with most recent numbers due out Wednesday.
Only 161,000 books after weeks of massive amounts of free publicity? Apparently America has tuned this noxious gasbag out, finally. If only the media weren’t trying to force her down our throats as the president-in-waiting.
Simon & Schuster shipped an optimistic 1 million copies to stores. Hillary reportedly got $8 million for her last book for the publisher, “Living History,” which sold 438,000 in its first week and more than 1.15 million copies overall.
Adding insult to injury, the new book was pushed from the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best-seller list this week by Edward Klein’s story of the Clintons’ pained relationship with Barack and Michelle Obama, “Blood Feud.” A source close to Hillary has blasted the book, along with its author, as “dastardly” and a combination of “pathological lying, hate and just flat-out creepiness.”
What’s not creepy, of course, is standing over the caskets of four dead Americans and blaming a YouTube video for their demise. No, nothing creepy at all about that.
“There’s lots of finger-pointing going on at Simon & Schuster,” over the very expensive Clinton deal, a source told Page Six.
Another insider said sales of 161,000 for “Hard Choices” would be “OK” for a normal book without such a big advance and expectations. “It’s an OK number — it’s very solid — a good amount to sell in three weeks,” the source said. “And the book is $35, significantly higher than most.” Also, BookScan only measures 85 percent of the print market, and not e-books.
After she decides she’s inflicted enough misery upon America and decides not to run in 2016 maybe she can get a high-paying no-show gig at Simon & Schuster.
With each passing day her ghost-written book plummets further on the Amazon ranking, now coming in at No. 104 today. A certain author whose book has been out for four months ranks 12 spots ahead of her.