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Jenny McCarthy and the Fall of Books

Doug5049 Wrote: Oct 12, 2012 8:43 AM
You're comparing Jenny McCarthy to Ann Coulter? Really? REALLY?!
Steven Biko Wrote: Oct 12, 2012 2:34 PM
Doug put down thd playboy and get out of the bathroom!
ericynot Wrote: Oct 12, 2012 12:05 PM
Mike,

McCarthy has written 8 books to Coulter's 9. Both authors have frequently been on the best seller lists.
Mike4603 Wrote: Oct 12, 2012 11:35 AM
Ann Coulter makes her living writting books and columns, Jenny McCarthy makes her living showing skin, there is no comparison. Of course Ann Hawks her books, thats how she makes money, she even does it with all her cloths on!!!
ericynot Wrote: Oct 12, 2012 10:11 AM
Doug,

I didn't say they have the same target market, just very similar marketing techniques. It's business and they're both very good at it.
Doug5049 Wrote: Oct 12, 2012 9:07 AM
I.m going to go out on a limb here, and guess that the people who buy Jenny's books and the people who buy Ann's books are mutually exclusive groups. Not a bookshelf in the world contains both. And I would also bet my bottom dollar that someone who buys Coulter's books would have strong opinions on, for example, the secretive activities of the federal reserve, while a reader of McCarthy's books would say "The federal reserve? What's that?"
The book industry seems to be collapsing, at least that hallowed old paper-and-glue industry that promoted serious ideas. Even talk radio and TV hosts are spending less time with authors. There are exceptions, but they won't make you feel optimistic about books.

Exhibit A of today's kind of author: Jenny McCarthy, the former Playboy centerfold who's parlayed her nudie shots into a long list of TV gigs, and six best-selling "humor"/advice books (which absolutely no one might guess were written by someone else). Her latest must be her lamest. It's called "Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic." She's wearing...