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A very How Not To Be Wrong Christmas

My bookselling friends tell me that December is the big book-selling month of the year.  (These Census figures show even bigger spikes in January and September, but these are from textbooks, which make up a really big chunk of the total book market.)

And indeed, sales of How Not To Be Wrong shot up in a very satisfactory way during the holiday season; according to Nielsen BookScan, the book sold more copies in the Dec 15-21 week than it had any week since the first month of release in June.  The book also rose up the Amazon rankings; having settled in in the #1500-2000 range for a couple of months, it popped up to around #700, about the same level as August, and stayed there for two weeks.  Two days after Christmas, pop — immedately back down to four digits.  The increase in ranking suggests that How Not To Be Wrong was unusually popular around Christmas, even relative to other books.

One thing I don’t quite get, though; the Kindle edition also got a notable rankings boost in the second half of December, though a bit smaller.  Where is that coming from?  Do people buy books for other people’s Kindles as Christmas presents?


The music outside is frightful

Ever since the time I spent eight hours of Christmas Day fogged in at the Kansas City airport, I’ve found the season of canned Christmas music hard to take. But thanks to 105.5 Triple M for brightening today’s drive back from daycare with KT Tunstall’s new recording of the eternally lovable “Mele Kalikimaka.” “You got Hawaiian kitsch in my canned Christmas music!” “No, you got canned Christmas music in my Hawaiian kitsch!” It’s delicious.

You can listen to the most famous rendition of this song, by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, at melekalikimaka.com, naturally.

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