Going Rogue, Sarah Palin’s book, is the biggest thing to hit America’s bookstores in years. It sold 300,000 copies its first day and the publisher has already increased the total print run to 2,500,000 copies. Bookstores across the country are cleaning up. Except in the liberal land of San Francisco.
SFGate.com reports the story of censorship by bookseller:
It might as well have cooties. Hardly anyone wants to touch the thing, or even get close to it.
The new autobiography by moose hunter and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is harder to find in the Bay Area than a hockey mom. Some bookstores figure it’s one of those grit-your-teeth First Amendment deals that principled booksellers must put up with from time to time.
But many nonchain bookstores won’t handle it.
“Our customers are thinking people,” said Nathan Embretson, a bookseller at Pendragon Books in Oakland. “They’re not into reading drivel.”
There’s not a single copy on the shelf. Embretson said no one has asked for it except for one guy, who was kidding.
“He said he wanted to look at it but he also said he didn’t really want to read it,” Embretson said. “Anyway, he certainly didn’t want to buy it. I think he regarded looking at it as a kind of punishment.”
We went to Pendragon’s website to find out what kind of books their deep-thinking customers are interested in. Apparently, the intellectual giants who frequent Pendragon love non-drivel like Mommywood by Tori Spelling, Doris Day, the Untold Story of the Girl Next Door, and The Real Frank Zappa Book.
Contrary to what Embretson says, Pendragon must have some customers who want “this drivel,” because the company’s website features Going Rogue prominently at the bottom of their “Biography” section. In fact, it’s the only book highlighted with a photo on a long list of other bios.
The SFGate.com article continues with more tales of tolerant, liberal San Francisco book sellers who abhor Sarah Palin:
There are no copies of the book at Cover to Cover Booksellers in Noe Valley, either.
“Anything like that we wouldn’t carry,” said clerk Emily Stackhouse. “We’re a small store and it would probably gross us all out. Some things you carry because of freedom of speech, but a book like that is just gross.”
However, Cover to Cover does carry a wide assortment of other Palin books. Such as Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader by Joe Hilley, Sarah Palin (Female Force) by Bailey, Davis and Howe, The Persecution of Sarah Palin (How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down A Rising Star) by Matthew Continenti, and Sarah Palin and the Power of Prayer by Kristina Benson.
Perhaps these enlightened San Francisco booksellers can learn two valuable lesson from this experience:
One: Censorship never works. Especially when there’s money involved. And two: In the real world, capitalism always trumps socialism.
Wonder if either store carries a book on that subject.