From Jack Montgomery at Breitbart:
The Times list is believed not to represent genuine bestsellers per sales data from across the United States. Instead, the organisation admits it “surveys” hand picked booksellers across the nation.
This contrasts with, for example, the Publisher’s Weekly list, which uses quantifiable data of sales, while the Times employs its own, undisclosed methodology, which appears — like pollsters — to re-weight the list.
Times spokesman Jordan Cohen claimed their lists “reflect authentic best sellers” — but Regnery believes the newspaper is “[gathering] book sale data in a manner which prioritizes liberal-themed books over conservative books and authors.”
“We refuse to continue to highlight a list which has an increasingly diminished value to our audience. Therefore, we will no longer promote, publicize or frankly even bother to mention this list,” Ross added. More.
Reality check: This is a sound business decision on Regnery’s part. If the Times survives, it will do so by marketing ever more narrowly to people who would never read a Regnery book. The Times may or may not be manipulating the rankings. If we don’t work there, we can’t know. What we can know is what the Times’ readers need to see as the rankings. Which is just as good for them as reality at this point.
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