Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"How Would a Patriot Act?" Release

Update 2, April 26: THIS MORNING: NO. 1 ON AMAZON RANKINGS! Hooah! Let's keep it there. Purchase link.

Update, April 25, 3:37 pm PT: Amazon currently shows Glenn's book at number SIXTEEN in its sales rankings -- and it won't even be in stores for nearly three more weeks!! Awesome work, Glenn and Jennifer (the editor); awesome work, everyone who's pre-ordering it, because with that kind of ranking, the book will get the attention it deserves, and more importantly the IDEAS in the book will get circulation. I'm jazzed. YOU CAN BUY GLENN'S BOOK HERE.
Regular readers know that I respect and appreciate Glenn Greenwald's blog, Unclaimed Territory, which is the most comprehensive and intellectually honest legal analysis of the unitary executive, NSA surveillance, and other constitutional issues facing our country. And some time back, I began urging readers to pre-order Glenn's new book.

Glenn has officially launched the book's marketing campaign on his website today. My double-secret-probation inside sources tell me the book was sent to the printer yesterday, and it's due to be on store shelves on May 15 -- but it's available for pre-order on Amazon, and it's important that we rack up large pre-order numbers, because that drives bookseller demand.

Below, I'm repeating my original post about the book and the necessity for aggressive early orders. BUY HERE.

How Would A Patriot Act? is the first book issued by Working Assets' new publishing venture under a new, fast-to-market, grassroots-marketed publishing model that I believe will alter the impact of publishing on politics in our favor the way Regnery (the conservative imprint) did for neocons.

Glenn, proprietor of the Unclaimed Territory blog and without question the most knowledgeable, insightful commentator on the NSA spying scandal and related privacy issues, is a great writer who deserves both support and wider public recognition -- deserves to move from the blogs to the larger marketplace of ideas.

Early orders for his book are a key component of Working Assets' publishing strategy, since tons of early orders move books higher on Amazon's "what's selling" list, and other booksellers, especially independents, look for up-and-comers on that list when making their own purchasing decisions. In other words, a book can feed off its own buzz: if it sells well on Amazon, other booksellers will notice and start stocking it, more people will see it, and it can become a market leader.

So if you want to read a really good book for a great price ($12!), help a progressive leader, support a new liberal publisher, and multiply the impact of your purchase by helping the book get noticed, then please pre-order the book here.

One Unclaimed Territory and VichyDems reader has already ordered 25!

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