Jerry Biggers Posted September 27, 2009 Author Share Posted September 27, 2009 It's good to see a realistic assessment of this issue for a change. The overwhelming majority of Rand's readers never move on from her novels to her nonfiction, irrespective of the form that nonfiction takes. Millions have read her novels. Tens of thousands (at most) have read her essays and those of her associates and colleagues.JR Really? Only "tens of thousands (at most) have read her essays and those of her associates and colleagues."As of 2008, her nonfiction books have sold 5 million copies. Sales figures for The Virtue of Selfishness alone, were 1,250,000 copies. Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal had sold 800,000 copies.As of 2009, Atlas Shrugged had sold 6,250,000 copies. Before the economic crisis, A.S. normally sold about 200,000 copies per year. Last year, however, the figures jumped to 800,000. Even subtracting the free copies of her fiction books given out by ARI for its high school essay contests, we are left with a figure of at least 500,000.Now perhaps these figures are not as impressive as they appear. So let's just deal with the nonfiction book sales. Would anyone care to post the sales figures of any other libertarian nonfiction book that equals or surpasses these numbers? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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