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The Leicester Mercury 11 May 2012

Post  malena stool on Fri 11 May - 20:19

280,000-selling Madeleine book released in paperback .Friday, May 11, 2012 Leicester Mercury

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/280-000-selling-Madeleine-book-released-paperback/story-16052777-detail/story.html

A paperback version of Kate McCann's book, Madeleine, has been released – a year after the hardback copy topped the charts.

Her book about her daughter's disappearance in Portugal has sold more than 280,000 copies since it was released in May last year.

​The paperback version hit the shelves yesterday and within hours it had climbed to 63rd place in the Amazon best-selling biographies list.

About 73,000 copies of the hardback were sold in the week of its release last year, making it one of the fastest-selling non-fiction books of recent years.

Only five other non fiction books have registered stronger sales in their first week – two cookery books by Delia Smith, the autobiographies of David Beckham and Tony Blair and a book by Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell.

Philip Stone, charts editor at The Bookseller magazine, said: "It was quite remarkable how well the book did when it was released first time round in hardback.

"I would not imagine that we would see those kinds of figures again. For one thing, few books sell that many copies, full stop.

"Also, I think the type of people who wanted to buy the book wanted to read it immediately and would not have waited until it came out in paperback to buy it.

"The serialisation of the book in a newspaper (The Sun) also helped a lot with sales a year ago.

"That is not to say that it will not be a best-seller again – it could well be – I just can't see it being number one again."

The 496-page paperback book has been published by Corgi, and is on sale for £7.99.

Meanwhile, a website which came under fire for featuring a picture of Madeleine alongside a discount holiday advert appears to have been taken down.

The VoucherDigg page, which appeared online on Monday, advertised offers from internet travel agency Low Cost Holidays.

Yesterday, the VoucherDigg homepage featured an apology to the McCanns and said the site had closed.

The statement said: "We are sorry for the serious wrongdoing that occurred. We unreservedly apologise for the hurt suffered by Mr and Mrs McCann."

Low Cost Holidays condemned the use of the picture and said they had no contract with VoucherDigg allowing them to advertise their holidays.

Yesterday, Low Cost Holidays chief operating officer Lawrence Hunt said: "Voucherdigg has confirmed its website has been closed down.

They will be issuing a letter of apology for this appalling error.

"Lowcostholidays.com would like to reiterate that they had no contract or working relationship with Voucherdigg to advertise or sell their holidays and are disgusted by the use of this image."

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Re: The Leicester Mercury 11 May 2012

Post  AnnaEsse on Fri 11 May - 20:25

I've seen it on the shelves at Tesco. There are more copies of that book than of any of the others. However, I saw them yesterday and today and it looks like the same number of them sitting on the shelf.

ETA: It's in the 2 for £7 category.

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Post  malena stool on Fri 11 May - 20:39

I've got a table with two odd sized legs .... mmmmm, 2 bewks for £7.00 works out cheaper than buying a new table..

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Post  AnnaEsse on Fri 11 May - 20:40

malena stool wrote:I've got a table with two odd sized legs .... mmmmm, 2 bewks for £7.00 works out cheaper than buying a new table..

They're make good table leg extensions!

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Post  interested on Fri 11 May - 21:07

Why is it decsribed as a "non-fiction" book? LOL

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Re: The Leicester Mercury 11 May 2012

Post  Chris on Fri 11 May - 21:18

Didn't GM say only last week it had sold over 400,000 copies. Maybe the 280,000 is UK only leaving 120,000 for the rest of the world.

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Post  Lioned on Fri 11 May - 21:24

AnnaEsse wrote:
malena stool wrote:I've got a table with two odd sized legs .... mmmmm, 2 bewks for £7.00 works out cheaper than buying a new table..

They're make good table leg extensions!

That would be the first time the mccanns had a leg to stand on.......

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Re: The Leicester Mercury 11 May 2012

Post  AnnaEsse on Fri 11 May - 21:33

Lioned wrote:
AnnaEsse wrote:
malena stool wrote:I've got a table with two odd sized legs .... mmmmm, 2 bewks for £7.00 works out cheaper than buying a new table..

They're make good table leg extensions!

That would be the first time the mccanns had a leg to stand on.......


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Post  margaret on Fri 11 May - 21:37

Lioned wrote:
AnnaEsse wrote:
malena stool wrote:I've got a table with two odd sized legs .... mmmmm, 2 bewks for £7.00 works out cheaper than buying a new table..

They're make good table leg extensions!

That would be the first time the mccanns had a leg to stand on.......

Good one Lioned!

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Post  jeanmonroe on Fri 11 May - 22:04

Chris wrote:Didn't GM say only last week it had sold over 400,000 copies. Maybe the 280,000 is UK only leaving 120,000 for the rest of the world.

Some people would say freudian slip.............................others would say money laundering thru the 'fund'.

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Re: The Leicester Mercury 11 May 2012

Post  Panda on Sat 12 May - 7:02


"The 496-page paperback book has been published by Corgi, and is on sale for £7.99."

So there are another 102 new pages added to the existing book ...... what could possibly be so absorbing in those pages to encourage people to buy.??? This is a big con by the Publishers to try to sell off the many thousand original Paperbacks that remained unsold.




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Post  Lillyofthevalley on Sat 12 May - 9:08

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Re: The Leicester Mercury 11 May 2012

Post  Lillyofthevalley on Sat 12 May - 9:09

AnnaEsse wrote:I've seen it on the shelves at Tesco. There are more copies of that book than of any of the others. However, I saw them yesterday and today and it looks like the same number of them sitting on the shelf.

ETA: It's in the 2 for £7 category.


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Re: The Leicester Mercury 11 May 2012

Post  tigger on Sat 12 May - 9:19

Lillyofthevalley wrote:
AnnaEsse wrote:I've seen it on the shelves at Tesco. There are more copies of that book than of any of the others. However, I saw them yesterday and today and it looks like the same number of them sitting on the shelf.

ETA: It's in the 2 for £7 category.


Even with 400.000 copies sold, I don't think Transworld will have made their advance. If NI paid around half a million for serialisation, I would expect the advance to be at least that much. A large number of the above has been sold at much reduced prices.
The advance might easily have been a million, but even at half that, I think they're breaking even at best.

The extra chapter seems to contain a lot of criticism of the press - are they likely to print that? So far the mcCanns and the press have had a symbiotic relationship, they need to boost their circulation and TM needs the publicity.

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Re: The Leicester Mercury 11 May 2012

Post  gillyspot on Sat 12 May - 9:45

I do notice there is no mention of "every penny goes to the search for Madeleine" Or Ltd Non Transparent "Fund". Is Kate finally being honest about pocketing the money from hardback version (no mention in latest accounts of advance royalties received which would be normal accounting practice) or is this new version to cover the rest of the advance as the original book sales didn't cover it.

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