Book Sales: The Age of Autism and Callous Disregard
Posted Dec 15 2010 12:59am
I tapped my source one last time for book sales figures for “The Age of Autism” and “Callous Disregard”. The Age of Autism was written by Mark Blaxill (board member of SafeMinds and one of the three principle editors of the blog, Age of Autism) and Dan Olmsted (former UPI editor, principle editor and, from what I can tell, owner of the Age of Autism blog). Callous Disregard is Andrew Wakefield’s account of the events which landed him before the General Medical Council and resulted in him being removed from the UK medical register.
Total book sales to date:
Age of Autism: 2301
Callous Disregard: 2925
Last week five copies of Callous Disregard were sold.
Last week The Age of Autism sold 130 copies—38 in Minneapolis St. Paul and 35 in Norfolk, Virginia. This appears to coincide with book signing events in those locations. The week before that, The Age of Autism sold 57 copies.
These figures must be disappointing. If not to the authors, to the publishers.
I may post an update with this week’s book sales. Either way, there isn’t much reason to continue the discussion of these books. When they are available in the remainder book outlets (with this few sales, there won’t be a lot of used copies and little chance for paperback editions) I will likely obtain copies of each. I’ve already read them, but they are interesting from a historical perspective. It will be a good exercise to see how these books read ten years from now. If history is kind to these authors, it will be by neglecting them.
What a shame.
That anyone bought it at all.
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That means not even half the families in the autism omnibus case bought a copy. It doesn't surprise me, since the vast majority were just giving the whole thing a bit of a spin, and never really believed in the cases in the first place. But the authors must be devastated.
I feel for them.
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