The books you do [and don’t] see in bookshops

It is the first time in years I have seen a book of mine on a bookstore shelf, and a mere $39.95 as well. Has only happened twice before but incredible to see. I imagine it may have been because the title is so ambiguous – Art of the Impossible – so that it might have been anti-Trump as was every other political tract sharing the shelf. You can also buy the book from The Book Depository for A$29.21 and with worldwide free delivery. In my view, the farther we move from the election, the better the book becomes. It puts everything in context and helps you remember the might have beens, every one of which is a horror story we are not being made to endure. No book a decade from now will be able to make you understand the 2016 election the way this book does.

What has also amazed me is that even with all the interest in PDT across the world, I have never ever seen one of his own books anywhere for sale, other than in op-shops, where I am the only one to buy them at $3 a copy. In particular, why does no one sell or buy his Art of the Deal which has always been plain sailing to get through and would teach you something about the man who is president you cannot otherwise find out.

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29 Responses to The books you do [and don’t] see in bookshops

  1. Entropy

    Parked next to a Donna Brazille no less. Good company there Dr Kate’s.

  2. wretch

    Went to Borders a few times looking for Ian Plimer’s first tome, all I could find was alarmist stuff by the likes of Flannery. Then they started charging for paper bags to put your purchases in because save Gaia then they went bankrupt and shut.

  3. Steve Leitl

    Another Steve
    I purchased my copy through The Book Depository. Great value and a ripping read. The narrative ebbs and flows, mainly the latter. Sometimes it was difficult to stop reading because the narrative was so engrossing, even though I knew the outcome. The dirty tricks were amazing and were only partly referred to by our MSM. As the 9 December 2016 (10 December 2017 here) date progressed I was not confident of the outcome of the US election but I heard the result on the radio as I was sitting in my car on Royal Parade, Parkville. I was walking on air when the final results were in. It was hard to concentrate after that because of my elation and the knowledge that there were exploding heads in the MSM, particularly emanating from the ABC and the Fairfax Press.

  4. Roger

    The person looking for the Ta-Nehisi Coates book will be thrown into conniptions on spotting Steve’s tome above it.

  5. Roger

    The person looking for the Ta-Nehisi Coates book will be thrown into conniptions on spotting Steve’s tome above it.

    We Were Eight Years in Power.

  6. Dave in Marybrook

    “After Piketty”- I believe I did call it on the last bookstore post?

  7. nemkat

    ...why does no one sell or buy his Art of the Deal ..
    My understanding is that books kept in stock are taxed in the U.S., so books that aren’t good sellers get pulped to avoid tax, becoming out of print.
    Was looking for Starting Strength 3rd Edition [2011] a few years ago, and had to buy it 2nd hand on E-Bay
    [not a bad book either].

  8. overburdened

    it is good to see the author is modest enough to try and wrap some sort of narrative around his ham fisted attempt to create interest in his book, rather than just coming straight out with, ‘buy my book you fuckers!’

  9. Sinclair Davidson

    I’ve often seen your books in bookstores. Usually in Asia and selling at outrageous prices.

  10. Ivan Denisovich

    It is the first time in years I have seen a book of mine on a bookstore shelf

    Let’s hope for many more sightings and no more of this sort of stuff:

    One prominent bookseller even told us he couldn’t put my book on open display for fear of offending his staff.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/how-to-beat-the-bookseller-ban/news-story/bac4eb351baaad4c104dfbd984f1cb26

  11. herodotus

    Went to Borders a few times looking for Ian Plimer’s first tome

    Haha. They went from Open Borders to Completely Shut Borders.

  12. herodotus

    I’ve often seen your books in bookstores. Usually in Asia and selling at outrageous prices.
    Those Singaporeans know their stuff.

  13. jock

    Yes i know they are the enemy but i love my kindle.

  14. Catfeesh?

    I went into a newsagency/bookstore type place once. I was relatively young, of an age where young men have certain urges. The item I was after was kept in a far corner of the store where, I suppose, people with similar urges could discreetly select such things without attracting undue attention. Well, obviously it would be extremely embarrassing to get sprung with such compromising material on your person. The girl at the checkout scowled at me disapprovingly but in the end accepted the folding currency that I proffered for my illicit material.

    And thus did I purchase my copy of “Still not sorry”.

  15. Steve Kates

    I’ve often seen your books in bookstores. Usually in Asia and selling at outrageous prices.

    I must get to Asia more often. I just have to hope that what keeps the price so high is the intensity of demand.

    It is good to see the author is modest enough to try and wrap some sort of narrative around his ham fisted attempt to create interest in his book

    Here I can introduce another concept that may be foreign to some people, that it is almost a certainty that most people who write books do so in the hope that others will read them. And I will add this as well – for the author who goes to the trouble of writing these books, it is usually not to make money but just to be part of a conversation. One of the lessons, let me also add, in frequenting secondhand bookshops is that you get a true understanding of how all is vanity. Every book you see – unsaleable at 50 cents – would have taken its author at least a year, and often much much more, from conception to publication. And there they now are, mouldering away, as are most of their authors. That said, every book was also something someone had once wished to do and had taken genuine effort to bring to completion. You should therefore not be resentful if an author suggests that you might read his book. In this one instance, and there are few others in life, you may be sure they are really trying to do you a good turn whatever you may think yourself.

  16. Eric Bannon

    You can also buy the book from The Book Depository for A$29.21 and with worldwide free delivery.

    Or, if you prefer, read them on here for free.

  17. H B Bear

    Ignorance is bliss. Especially if you are woke. It is all about da feelz.

  18. Roger

    Germaine Greer on Trump:

    “He interests me because they can’t control him. And while nobody’s looking, the dollar is increasing in value, and there are a quarter of a million new jobs a month, he’s saying he’ll make America great again, and where blue collar workers are concerned, it’s working.”

  19. duncanm

    The person looking for the Ta-Nehisi Coates book will be thrown into conniptions on spotting Steve’s tome above it.

    We Were Eight Years in Power.

    Essays:
    ‘This Is How We Lost to the White Man’
    American Girl
    Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?
    The Legacy of Malcolm X
    Fear of a Black President
    The Case for Reparations
    The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
    My President Was Black

  20. duncanm

    Germaine Greer on Trump:

    That’s what’s interesting about Germaine. Despite the appearance of being bat-shit crazy, she actually speaks her mind and doesn’t tow anyone’s line.

  21. MPH

    Boffins Bookstore in Perth CBD had both ‘The Art of the Deal’ and ‘Great Again’, although I couldn’t find ‘The Art of the Impossible’ last time I looked. They would likely order it in on request though.

  22. Pusnip

    Steve, most bookshops stock multiple copies of your works – you just need to browse in the pychiatric section.

  23. mh

    Is Tommy Robinson’s book Enemy of the State sold in any Australian bookshops?

  24. Aaages before the Cheeto in Chief did his thing, I was moving into some new digs. The place was empty except for 2 shiatty bits of furniture – one containing a tattered copy of ‘Art of the Deal.’ Totally not my bag, baby, and I had only barely heard of him, but I polished that book off in less than 3 days, and found it a most enjoyable read.

    The next time Donald popped up on my radar was when he TOTALLY PWNED Ali G, back in the day when Ali G was totally pwning all his guests.

    Couldn’t understand the Donald-hate when he thew his hat in the ring 2 years ago, especialy from Australian sheeple.

  25. Roger

    That’s what’s interesting about Germaine. Despite the appearance of being bat-shit crazy, she actually speaks her mind and doesn’t tow anyone’s line.

    Yes, every so often she comes out with a gem of an observation.

    I think she’d be an excellent dinner party guest! 🙂

    OK, as JC noted on the OT, she got the dollar wrong – she was probably confusing that with the stock market – but credit to her for observing the facts and forming her own view accordingly.

  26. overburdened

    Naturally you have a right to write and sell a book, under current laws. This may change if the Plan continues apace. In the meantime people have a right not to be interested in what is your no doubt worthy tome.
    None of this was the issue of my comment, merely that if you wanted to you could have saved a fair few pixels and just said what you want people to do.

  27. overburdened

    I do think that if the mission is to get the word out there for the betterment of all rather than mercantile considerations, The Gideons method of distribution has some merit.

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