Hugo Chávez Helps Noam Chomsky’s Book Sales

Hey Hugo, I like what you’re reading!  From the New York Times:

Hugo Chávez Helps Noam Chomsky’s Book Sales – New York Times

Ever since Mr. Chávez held up a copy of a 301-page book by Noam Chomsky, the linguist and left-wing political commentator, during a speech at the United Nations on Wednesday, sales of the book have climbed best-seller lists at Amazon.com and BN.com, the online site for the book retailer Barnes & Noble, and booksellers around the country have noted a spike in sales.

The paperback edition of “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance,” a detailed critique of American foreign policy that Mr. Chomsky published two years ago, hit No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list yesterday, and the hardcover edition, published in 2003, climbed as high as No. 6. At both Borders Group and Barnes & Noble, sales of the title jumped tenfold in the last two days.

Oh, I can see it now!  Writers, desperate to boost their books’ sales send tonnes of books to Venezuela, on the off-chance Hugo would hold it up before a camera.

Nice touch.

Thanks to the Saskatchewan Publisher’s Group email listserv for the heads-up.

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