Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Amanda Knox Book: On Top Of Everything Else It Seems The Book Is Financially A Huge Flop

Posted by Peter Quennell

Bizarrely, Amanda Knox might have run into a bit of luck.

She will be able to point at upcoming court events to the fact that this seriously nasty and thoroughly dishonest blood-money book fooled a lot lot less book-buyers than had been hoped.

In The Week Andrea Vogt quotes confirmed publishing industry figures to show sales so far are a mere FIVE PERCENT of what was hoped. The book is not selling anywhere in Europe now. 

Even in the US, Publisher’s Weekly said the memoir “underwhelmed” and was “slow out of the gate”. As of last Friday, it had lost 30 per cent of its sales from its debut week, falling back to No. 5 on the non-fiction hardcover bestseller list despite Knox conducting dozens of interviews in the hope of boosting sales.

It was hard not to conclude that the more the interviews, the more the sales seemed to drop. They sure sent a lot of new readers over here. Knox has yet to do even one interview that is a clear win, and a lot of offputting jubilant ego has been creeping in.

The publishers would seem to be down $1 million to $2 million or more, and Knox and her people have probably received in the publishers’ advance all the royalties they are going to see.

Andrea Vogt is the first and still the only English-language reporter to describe the most serious (Bergamo) complaint. Did nobody think to take into account Knox’s new legal liabilities and possible large fines and defamation awards?

Bob Barnett has sounded a bit besotted by Knox. A siren call that many have come to regret. We could accept that she needs help, but failing her in due diligence is the worst possible kind.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 05/21/13 at 11:55 PM in Amanda KnoxKnox-Marriott PRAmanda Knox #2


If she WAS intelligent, she would have avoided all this.  “Adnuntiarent ventura tibi….  What is coming to you”.  I believe this is also a Robert Palmer song 😊. 

The similarities between the Jodi Arias plea for life instead of death and the interviews with AK are striking.

Posted by zinnia on 05/22/13 at 02:46 AM | #

Glad to hear it’s tanking.  The first several days it was out, I occasionally looked at amazon to see how it was faring as to reader reviews, and was steadily depressed at the Knox machine’s heavy-handed positive reviews from people who’d already made up their minds.  I read as much as I could stand from the link Peter sent me before I had to reach for an air sickness bag.

Posted by Ceylon on 05/22/13 at 06:28 AM | #

Curt’s meal ticket has turned into a mouldy loaf. No money to be had so no need to support AK anymore, the only thing left to milk is a confession.

Posted by Urbanist on 05/22/13 at 12:08 PM | #


Thanks Peter for this update.

I am glad to hear WTB is failing.  I went to one of the “big” book stores a couple of weeks ago and while I was there, I took a look at WTB. The book’s price had a “30% off” sticker on them ... it’s just a matter of time, they will be in the “dollar stores” ... and I will NOT buy it even IF it only costs a $ !

Posted by MissMarple on 05/22/13 at 03:51 PM | #

For the most part, I would think that declining sales would be expected after the debut of any book; especially “non-fiction” dependent on a media blitz.

However, AK seems to be hastening this decline with her interviews rather than stemming the tide of disinterest and propping up sales through her exposure.

Posted by Jeff Friend on 05/22/13 at 11:02 PM | #

Is it true that Frank Sforza was expecting to receive $1,000,000 from the Knox / Mellases once the book deal went through? 

I think saw this somewhere but cannot recall where exactly.

Posted by thundering on 08/31/13 at 03:35 PM | #
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