Last week, I read the original article by Tony Horowitz claiming he was a digital bestseller and was particularly irritated by his claim that digital publishing was the problem — *and not that he had given his rights away to an incompetent e-publisher*! I could only shake my head that this was published in the NYT, arbiter of American culture. David Gaughran’s analysis of the “bestseller” status is once again illuminating.
Last Friday we were treated to a story from the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, where Tony Horwitz claimed “I Was A Digital Bestseller” then complained about how little money this made him, and how he would now stick with traditional, print publishers as a result.
Then this Op-Ed was held up – in outlets like Gawker – as another example of how writers have it so tough in this scary new digital world which is going to lead us all into penury.
Just like the story I wrote in January – Fake Controversy Alert: Hitler’s Mein Kampf Was Not A Digital Bestseller – the key “fact” in Horwitz’s tale of woe doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.
Can you guess what it is?
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