Jeromi Corsi’s book Where’s the Birth Certificate? (WTBC) was #1 on Amazon.com before it was released, but what exactly does that mean? How many books are we talking about?
Today, I noticed that WTBC was #38 among books on Amazon.com. It was also #7 among Professional / Technical titles. I think it is instructive to look at the 6 titles selling more than WTBC.
- Prescription for Excellence: Leadership Lessons for Creating a World Class Customer Experience from UCLA Health System
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, electronic edition (a book on a line of cancer cells)
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, (a book on a line of cancer cells)
- Strengthsfinder 2.0
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition
- Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the FinancialSystem–and Themselves
WTBC is not on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list (top 35) as of this writing, nor was it on the May 22 list. How could it be that Amazon.com listed the book today as #9 in the non-fiction category but the New York Times didn’t put it in the top 35 non-fiction (ever) nor is on the Publisher’s Weekly top 25 hardcover non-fiction? WTBC is #38 overall at Amazon.com today, but at Barnes and Noble it is #691! One explanation is that somebody bought a bunch on Amazon to drive the numbers up. That accusation has been made before on Corsi’s earlier books.
A comment on Publisher’s Weekly suggests that the initial run of WTBC would come to 100,000. Otherwise Publisher’s Weekly hasn’t even mentioned the book.
So I am still searching for an answer to my question about exactly how many copies of WTBC have actually been sold to real people.