As it turns out, the more power you have, the more money you have, the more influence you have — even on readers.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a business book from 1969 flew to the top of the bestsellers list after Microsoft CEO Bill Gates mentioned it as his favorite book in an essay he wrote for The Wall Street Journal earlier this month.
Bill Gates’ mention of John Brooks’ Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street in The Wall Street Journal sent the book to the No. 5 spot on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list. The book was published in 1969 and is no longer in print. But the book’s publisher, Open Road, quickly made it available in e-book format, and a paperback re-issue is now slated for September. In the essay, Gates wrote “Today, more than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read.”
Will you be buying the book?
Get Business Adventures in paperback for $10.34. — starting August 12, 2014!
First there was the book. Then there was the movie based on the book. Then they were books about the movie. And now there’s an e-book version of the original book. Got it?
Truman Capote’s beloved Breakfast At Tiffany’s was released just last month as an e-book for the first time, thanks to Vintage Books. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is not the only Capote book that’s going digital. Also released were The Grass Harp and Music for Chameleons.
Vintage is also planning a paper reissue of some of Capote’s work, including the classic In Cold Blood.
Get Breakfast at Tiffany’s on your Kindle now for just $9.99.
Get The Grass Harp on your Kindle also for just $9.99.
Get Music For Chameleons on your Kindle for $11.99.
Last month, I told you the Kardashian sisters would be giving their book Kardashian Konfidential a wedding makeover.
Included in the updated version is a new chapter and exclusive photos from Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ “magical” wedding extravaganza.
But after 72 days of wedded bliss, Kardashian and Humphries are living in Splitsville. Unfortunately, the new edition of Kardashian Konfidential has already been printed up and is still set to hit bookstores on November 22nd.
According to this article in Entertainment Weekly, here’s some of what we can expect in the new edition.
- “I’m so happy that I’m with a man who’s excited about his work and has such a full life.” —Kim
- “Putting together a wedding is a huge job…. Still, I did manage to find some time along the way to really think about what was happening and where this next chapter of life was going to take me.” —Kim
- “We were married! All of those years dreaming about my wedding…. And it was finally here. Just amazing!” —Kim
- “There was so much going on at this moment…. But for Kris and myself, there was something else going on. Something sweet! Something simple!” —Kim
So what can we learn from this ghastly PR disaster — and marriage?
1. Don’t rush into marriage.
2. Don’t televise the wedding.
3. Don’t sign a special edition book deal until after at least a year of already having been married.
I’m pretty sure we can expect sales of the book to go through the roof for pure irony alone. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I like Kim Kardashian, and I feel bad for the girl. But when it comes to this marriage and the way she marketed it, there was certainly a better way to do it.
You may remember that I recently told you about the new, updated version of the Kardashians’ book Kardashian Konfidential.
In addition to the new version of the book, the Kardashians are also releasing an audiobook version of Konfidential, read by the sisters themselves.
Would you like an advanced copy for free? Well, good! Because I’ve got one to give to one lucky winner!
All you have to do is leave a comment here, telling me who your favorite sister is and why. Enter by this Saturday, at 9am.