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Sales of "Atlas Shrugged" soar

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On Victor Hugo's birthday, Michelle Malkin posted this:

from http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/26/who-is-john-galt/ :

Who is John Galt?

By Michelle Malkin • February 26, 2009 09:55 AM

I’m not surprised to hear, via Instapundit, that sales of Ayn Rand’s books are reportedly rising.

In fact, I’ve spotted quite a few “Who is John Galt?” bumper stickers cropping up.

And, of course, there was this sign at the anti-porkulus protest in Denver last week:

"ATLAS WILL SHRUG"

She linked to http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=New...le&id=22647

Sales of “Atlas Shrugged” Soar in the Face of Economic Crisis

Washington, D.C., February 23, 2009--Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008. This continues a strong trend after bookstore sales reached an all-time annual high in 2008 of about 200,000 copies sold.

“Americans are flocking to buy and read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ because there are uncanny similarities between the plot-line of the book and the events of our day” said Yaron Brook ...

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I wanted to feel good about this, and I did, briefly, feel very good when I read Michelle's write up on the John Galt phenomenon; then I read the comments from the readers :wacko:

Try to mention freedom, rebelling against tyranny, and all they can think of is arguing endlessly about which drugs should be legalized and why...

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I wanted to feel good about this, and I did, briefly, feel very good when I read Michelle's write up on the John Galt phenomenon; then I read the comments from the readers :wacko:

Try to mention freedom, rebelling against tyranny, and all they can think of is arguing endlessly about which drugs should be legalized and why...

Forget the commentators. Apparently they're not the ones buying Atlas Shrugged.

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iTunes has a section for audio books, and Atlas is now the 4th most popular download in the classics category.

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Who is John Galt?

By Michelle Malkin • February 26, 2009 09:55 AM

I’m not surprised to hear, via Instapundit, that sales of Ayn Rand’s books are reportedly rising.

In fact, I’ve spotted quite a few “Who is John Galt?” bumper stickers cropping up.

And, of course, there was this sign at the anti-porkulus protest in Denver last week:

"ATLAS WILL SHRUG"

That's happening at "tea Party" protests all over the country.

In Washington, DC:

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New York City:

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and here are member Jenn's kids in Atlanta, GA:

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Some of the posts from this thread have been split off into a new topic titled "Taking Children to Protests" (link).

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On Glenn Beck's radio yesterday's show he read from the article on sales of Atlas Shrugged soaring as part of his ongoing theme of mocking Newsweek's claim that "we are all socialists now". He sardonically reports that this is evidence that we all want socialism and that the economic recovery is already here because people are buying the book in order to burn it now that they have so much money resulting from Obama's magical socialist cure.

Glenn Beck: March to Socialism - Capitalism dead?

March 3, 2009 - 13:06 ET

VOICE: The Glenn Beck Program starts more truth behind America's March to Socialism.

GLENN: That's right, we are and happy socialists, we're all socialists now, don't forget, I know it because Newsweek magazine told me so. You see, capitalism -- and I should probably define this. That funny little system that turned the world at a place where we lost our teeth at 9 years old, married at 12 and died at 22 to a place that instantly complains when we can't access a video file on a server in China in four seconds. You know, that capitalism, it's dead. I can't wait until our children can die at 22 again. Oh, sure, there was a time when someone like Ayn Rand was popular, but those days are over. Ayn Rand, by the way, she wrote books like "Atlas Shrugged" about how the individual working hard and innovating, you know, was the backbone of a civilized society and that the government is constantly standing in their way flexing its muscles and holding us all back. So antiquated now. That time is over.

In completely unrelated news, Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" sold more copies in 2008 than any other year since its release in 1957. You know what, there's been -- there could be a lot of book burnings that people are just taking it off the shelf and just burning it. Americans -- I'm quoting from the article -- Americans are flocking to buy and read "Atlas Shrugged" because there are uncanny similarities between the plot line of the book and the events of our day, says Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center For Individual Rights. Americans are rightfully concerned about the economic crisis in government's increasing intervention and attempts to control the economy. No. Ayn Rand understood and identified the deeper causes of the crisis we're facing, and she offered in "Atlas Shrugged" the principled and practical solution consistent with American values. That's weird. Because there seems to be a lot of people mistakenly not realizing that capitalism is dead. Hello, why are you reading the book? It's over. By the way, despite the fact that sales were at an all-time high in 2008, sales of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with the sales for the same period last year, which was a record. But remember, capitalism is dead. And it's weird because, you know, the economy the way it is, I mean, who's buying books? Maybe it's just that people are so confident that things are going to turn around, you know, that it's going to turn around really, really soon that they are out just spending their money like water." Hey, this magical system of socialism, it's going to cure everything.

VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon on the Glenn Beck Program.

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Perhaps we should refer to Glenn as "Francisco"... :wacko:

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THIS JUST OUT FROM ARC:

Atlas Shrugged
Tops Amazon’s Bestseller List

Washington, D.C., March 18, 2009--Earlier this year Ayn Rand’s prophetic novel Atlas Shrugged was selling at triple the rate it sold at in the beginning of 2008. Now the novel is soaring to even greater heights, and its trade paperback edition is currently in first place in the Classics category on Amazon.com’s best-seller list for sales in the United States. The 50th anniversary mass-market paperback edition of Atlas Shrugged ranks as #2 and the trade paperback Centennial edition ranks as #3. For several weeks Atlas Shrugged has been holding steady in the top 10 best-sellers in the broader United States Literature and Fiction category, and as of the writing of this release, different editions of the novel stand at #3, #5 and #6 in Amazon’s ranking....

Those interested in understanding the morality of capitalism can learn more in Ayn Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness--which, at #12 in the Classics category, is setting records of its own.

CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION!

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FEAST YOUR EYES:

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AT THIS MOMENT, AYN RAND'S BOOKS HOLD 7 PLACES OUT OF THE TOP 25 !

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Does anyone know if Amazon ever makes demographic data available for book sales? It would be useful to know the age distribution of those A.S. purchasers.

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Does anyone know if Amazon ever makes demographic data available for book sales? It would be useful to know the age distribution of those A.S. purchasers.

Here's the current statistics from the "Atlas Shrugged" page on Facebook.

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Here's an update of Amazon's CLASSICS list, from http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books...ref=pd_ts_b_nav :

The top 8 on the list:

  1. some bizarre something or other
  2. ATLAS SHRUGGED
  3. Common Sense, The Rights of Man etc. by Thomas Paine
  4. ATLAS SHRUGGED - Centennial edition
  5. The Federalist Papers
  6. Who Is Mark Twain?
  7. ATLAS SHRUGGED - paperback
  8. Fahrenheit 451

followed by

12. THE FOUNTAINHEAD

15. Cliff Notes to ATLAS SHRUGGED

47. THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS

48. THE FOUNTAINHEAD - Centennial edition

64. The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates

70. ATLAS SHRUGGED - audio book

73. CAPITALISM: THE UNKNOWN IDEAL

As I pointed out in my report from the Troy Tea Party at http://forums.4aynrandfans.com/index.php?s...amp;#entry91982 , I found interest in Ayn Rand among participents was very high.

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Not directly related to book sales but this weekend I participated in a 13-hour mountain bike race. I was taking a break while my team-mate was out on the course and overheard someone at the next campsite mention Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged. I wandered over and joined their conversation. None of them had read the book but they had heard some of the basics. I had a copy of AS in my truck with a lot of post-it notes stuck in various pages. I flipped through the book and shared some of the more central points. I almost felt like a street preacher. I ended up giving away my copy of the book, notes and all, and noticed the rider reading it under a lantern later that night.

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Here's the latest from ARI -- the "tripling" reported earlier was no momentary SPIKE, but a 4-month SURGE!

from http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=New...le&id=23303 :

Atlas Shrugged Triples in Sales

Irvine, CA, May 12, 2009--Reports from trade sources indicate that consumer purchases of Ayn Rand’s
Atlas Shrugged
have tripled in the first four months of 2009 compared to the first four months of 2008.

According to Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, “The tripling in sales of
Atlas Shrugged
is remarkable, especially considering that in 2008 a new all-time record in annual sales of the novel was established with more than 200,000 copies sold in the United States.”

As Dr. Brook pointed out, “Annual sales of
Atlas Shrugged
have been increasing for decades to a level not seen in Ayn Rand’s lifetime. Sales of the U.S. paperback editions averaged 74,000 copies a year in the 1980s, 95,000 copies a year in the 1990s and 139,000 copies a year in the current decade. After reaching an all-time high during the novel’s 50th anniversary in 2007, another new high was reached in 2008 and an even higher mark is expected for 2009.”

More than 6,500,000 copies of
Atlas Shrugged
have been sold to date.

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From http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=New...ws_iv_ctrl=1221 :

According to Blackstone Audio, one of the publishers of the full text audio edition of Atlas Shrugged, 16,000 audio copies of the novel were sold in the first five months of 2009, compared to around 20,000 in all of 2008. “This is a huge increase,” noted Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. “This year audio copies of Atlas Shrugged are selling at about twice the rate as last year.” ...

My dentist read Atlas on my recommendation; then had every member of his staff read it. Now my landlord is reading it.

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When I was down in Texas over the 4th I learned that some of my old friends were reading or going to read Atlas Shrugged.

After interacting with lots of people down there I cannot emphasize enough how ripe of an opportunity there is for Objectivism/Atlas Shrugged to spread like wildfire. It's as if a large number of very hard working, very good people are finally reaching a breaking point with the escalating government taxation/regulation that is intruding in their lives, and they are at a pivotal moment when they need someone to give them the same speech that Francisco gave Rearden, and Galt gave many others.

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From the August 2009 ARI Impact (and you ARE all protecting your future by contributing to ARI, right?):

To thundering applause, Dr. Brook announced

at the Objectivist summer conference that

sales of Atlas Shrugged have officially surpassed

205,000, the annual sales record that was set last

year. What is most remarkable is that there remain

six months still to go before the close of the year.

“There is a legitimate shot at reaching half

a million books sold in 2009,” said Dr. Brook,

“especially if we can quickly kick the new

Atlas Shrugged Initiative program into gear.”

Get that? The spurt at the beginning of the year has CONTINUED, UNABATED. It is a SURGE!

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Two little personal stories:

I went to the university library a little while ago to get a book; while I was sitting at the check-out counter waiting I saw a shelf labeled "Reserved". Sitting prominently on that shelf was an enormous copy of Atlas Shrugged.

About two weeks ago I drove to a local Barnes&Noble; when I went to the cafe part of the store, I saw on the wall, proudly mounted, a giant poster with the original front cover of Atlas Shrugged. There were only two such posters on the wall in the entire cafe, and that was one of them :angry2:

I keep bumping into little things like this, events that I don't think ever happened this often in the past. Something must be happening in America...

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