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Barnes & Noble Says 'Unfit' Sellout Not Its Fault
Reuters ^ | 8/23/2004 | Bob Tourtellotte

Posted on 08/23/2004 5:29:35 PM PDT by medscribe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Controversial book "Unfit for Command," which fires an election-year salvo at Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's war record, has claimed one unintended victim -- bookstore chain Barnes & Noble Inc .

Barnes & Noble, the world's largest bookseller, on Monday issued a statement saying it had sold out of the book and, in effect, held up its hands in surrender to what it called "thousands of complaints" from both supporters and detractors of the book.

Supporters, Barnes & Noble said, are claiming the bookseller has intentionally not stocked the title or is hiding it, while detractors are asking stores to remove it altogether.

"(Complaints) started in the stores, and the home office has been inundated as well," said a company spokeswoman.

She said the company's statement was meant to "set the record straight." It is not Barnes & Noble's fault, she said, but rather small publisher Regnery Publishing who cut the chain's original order in half.

"We've been put in the difficult position of having to defend ourselves over a title we can't seem to get enough copies of from the publisher," Barnes & Noble chief executive Steve Riggio said in the statement.

A spokesman for Regnery was not immediately available for comment.

The book, written by John O'Neill and Jerome Corsi, questions the accounts of an attack on Kerry's swift boat during the Vietnam War, and his actions in the subsequent skirmish that led to his receiving a Silver Star medal.

O'Neill is a member of a group calling itself Swift Boat Veterans for Truth which in key campaign states has been placing television advertisements that seek to discredit Kerry's war record.

Many veterans have come forward to support the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who is running against President Bush, and Kerry has accused the Bush campaign of collaborating with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

On Monday, Bush called for the ads to be stopped.

As for the book, Barnes & Noble said it is awaiting additional copies in order to restock its shelves, and it expects more later this week.

But even the new order would not be enough to meet demand, the bookseller said.

Riggio said Barnes & Noble would not remove any title from its shelves, nor does it have any political agenda.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barnesnoble; booksales; johnoneill; sellout; unfitforcommand
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Looks like liberal B&N is feeling the heat.
1 posted on 08/23/2004 5:29:36 PM PDT by medscribe
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To: medscribe
Riggio said Barnes & Noble would not remove any title from its shelves, nor does it have any political agenda.

Now pull the other leg.

2 posted on 08/23/2004 5:32:25 PM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi ||| Resource for Traditional Anglicans: trad-anglican.faithweb.com)
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To: medscribe

Tereza H. and her book burners are probably buying up all stocks they can get their hands on. On the other hand, Hillary and her cohorts are probably donating money to get more copies into print.


3 posted on 08/23/2004 5:33:08 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: medscribe

My local Amazon (Montclair, CA) just got a fresh batch in today.


4 posted on 08/23/2004 5:33:12 PM PDT by Smogger
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To: medscribe

BS. They should threaten to fire those associates that misled buyers....I heard several lies on people walking in to buy the book.


5 posted on 08/23/2004 5:33:33 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Smogger

your local Amazon?

is that a freudian slip?


6 posted on 08/23/2004 5:33:57 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: medscribe
People can get
MY real book here,
right now,
online FREE!!

I'm so proud of it!
The New Soldier,
By John Kerry
and Vietnam Veterans
Against the War
PART I

PART II
PART III

I hope everyone
in the USA gets this book
Maybe FReepers will help!

7 posted on 08/23/2004 5:35:23 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Hanoi Jane and Hanoi Kerry sitting in a tree, sitting in a tree F-R-E-N-C-H-I-N-G)
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To: Jim Robinson

In your scenario, Regnery gains both ways, and should enjoy increased profitability. Its stock may become interesting.


8 posted on 08/23/2004 5:37:56 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: medscribe
Many veterans have come forward to support the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who is running against President Bush, and Kerry has accused the Bush campaign of collaborating with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

What's ths score now? Something like Kerry - 16 Swift Vets 254?

9 posted on 08/23/2004 5:39:31 PM PDT by handy (Leahy you, you Clymer!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
I hope everyone in the USA gets this book Maybe FReepers will help!

I can help. Let me know if you need additional servers to host the PDFs. It'd be an honor to help spread the word.

10 posted on 08/23/2004 5:39:48 PM PDT by Prime Choice (Democrats. They want to have their cake and eat yours too.)
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To: medscribe

At the local Border's book store I noticed that 'Unfit' was nowhere to be found. I mentioned this and their story was that it was 'sold out and on backorder' ...


11 posted on 08/23/2004 5:41:51 PM PDT by spodefly (I have posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!!!)
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To: Prime Choice; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
I can help. Let me know if you need additional servers to host the PDFs. It'd be an honor to help spread the word.

Me too. Just ask.

12 posted on 08/23/2004 5:44:45 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (LWS - Legislating While Stupid. Someone should make this illegal.)
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To: medscribe

Which one of B&N's employees changed their cover photo and title on their website?


13 posted on 08/23/2004 5:46:58 PM PDT by Rome2000 (The ENEMY for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: handy
How many of the Veterans are from Kerry's favorite country, North Vietnam?
14 posted on 08/23/2004 5:47:17 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (GEORGE WASHINGTON is nothing like a communist tyrant as stated by Kerry.)
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To: medscribe

I thought if you made money, by selling books, you were profitable.


15 posted on 08/23/2004 5:48:17 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

why doesn't he move there and run for president???

BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT HIM!!!!!!


16 posted on 08/23/2004 5:49:46 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: medscribe

"Riggio said Barnes & Noble would not remove any title from its shelves, nor does it have any political agenda."
I haven't shopped at the local B&N since just after 9/11. B&N sponsored a book tour by Bill Ayers, head of the Weathermen (domestic terrorists of the radical Left), just days after 9/11. The form letter I received in response to my complaint read like a PR piece for him! Shortly after, when I was in the store looking for Barbara Olson's last book, and told the clerk that I couldn't find it, his response was "Oh, really!" No offer to look for it, order it, nada. By the way, Riggio is a BIG contributor to the Dems.


17 posted on 08/23/2004 5:49:49 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie
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To: sionnsar

18 posted on 08/23/2004 5:50:12 PM PDT by Rome2000 (The ENEMY for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: medscribe
Freeper N. Theknow says:
"It’s faster than a checkbook, more powerful than a Democratic demagogue, able to lay waste to a liar Kerry with the single click of a mouse. It's a little bird of truth, it's plain to see Kerry's unfit... it's... it's...SuperFReep!

Want to join in the fun?
Click the logo to donate to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth!

19 posted on 08/23/2004 5:50:17 PM PDT by Chieftain (Support the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and expose Hanoi John's FRAUD!)
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To: medscribe

HA! While you were posting this I was composing this:

Unfit for Command (book sales in Bay Area)
me | 8/23/04 | me


Posted on 08/23/2004 5:43:51 PM PDT by Bobibutu


Went into Barnes & Noble (Emeryville CA) to see if they had Unfit for sale and displayed.

WOW - The store has had 2 shipments in and both were sold out within HOURS!. They are expecting another shipment in within days.

So I called around to the major bookstores in the Peoples Republic of the Bay Area. Most have not received any books yet and are miffed because they are missing out on a big profit item. Very large demand and the attitude of the staff I talked with was positive for the book.

Those that had received them are sold out.

Most expect their allotment in a few days and expect to be sold out quickly - I am amazed with the demand here in the BA. I mean - MoveOn HQ is just a couple miles from where I live.

There may be hope for us in CA yet.


20 posted on 08/23/2004 5:50:21 PM PDT by Bobibutu
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To: medscribe
Supporters, Barnes & Noble said, are claiming the bookseller has intentionally not stocked the title or is hiding it, while detractors are asking stores to remove it altogether.

No mention that some of the complaints that Barnes & Noble received were over the false title and graphic on the website.

Even after the "hack" was corrected, the incorrect image REMAINED on the B&N server for days (a week?) afterwards.

Some FReepers have also mentioned that they have been treated rudely by clerks when they inquired about the book.

21 posted on 08/23/2004 5:51:26 PM PDT by weegee (YOU could have been aborted, and you wouldn't have had a CHOICE about it.)
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To: medscribe

I went to my local Barnes & Noble today to buy the Swiftvet book. It was nowhere to be found, but the lady at the info desk was very nice. She said they sold out rapidly and she put me on a list to get a copy when the next shipment comes in. She even took my home & work phone number and promised to call me when it arrives. I don't know about stores elsewhere, but I think it was simply a case of the demand for the book being greater than expected. I had no reason to think they were trying to squash the book or anything like that. They had a big table filled with political books. Most of them bashed Bush, but they also had pro-Bush books there, too. It's just that there simply are more anti-Bush books on the market.


22 posted on 08/23/2004 5:53:52 PM PDT by puroresu
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To: television is just wrong

Correct they used the lying traitor, but know he can not be trusted to show up for work.


23 posted on 08/23/2004 5:53:52 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (GEORGE WASHINGTON is nothing like a communist tyrant as stated by Kerry.)
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To: Bobibutu

Check Berger's pants.


24 posted on 08/23/2004 5:54:29 PM PDT by Snapple
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To: medscribe

I spent 7$ MORE to buy it B&N....just to increase their numbers on the book. It was worth it....2 other 'military' type guys had copies when I was checking out. The clerks did not seem amused by the interest in the book....or it's implications. sad, so sad.


25 posted on 08/23/2004 5:54:33 PM PDT by pgobrien (NADER 2004....just to PO the Libs here in NY........)
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To: medscribe
Many veterans have come forward to support the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who is running against President Bush, and Kerry has accused the Bush campaign of collaborating with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

What are there now, a dozen? How many of the vets who are supporting Kerry were members of VVAW?

26 posted on 08/23/2004 5:55:07 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: medscribe

I just got a copy ordered from Conservative Book Service.

Their URL is:
http://www.ConservativeBookService.com


27 posted on 08/23/2004 5:59:02 PM PDT by Darnright
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To: puroresu
Why don't we get a few Freepers around the US, may 10 or so, in various states, who are looking for a job or need a part time job, to get a job in B and N, and get in the inside.

Try to get ahold of ANY evidence that the books are being stonewalled. Memos, advisories, employee chit chat, managers notices, whatever. It might be good to quit a few weeks after getting the goods on them, and then posting the specifics here on FR along with evidence.

28 posted on 08/23/2004 5:59:58 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Hitlery Recently Seen Throwing Banana Peels in Front of Kerry and Edwards' Residences)
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To: weegee

I called Borders bookstore in Torrance, CA., and they didn't have any in last week. The clerk claimed they don't have any 'cuz it's propaganda!! I said the hell it is and who is your Manager? He backpeddled very quickly and laughed saying he was "just kidding." He claimed he's been yelled at a 1,000 times that day by people calling in about the book. I gave him a thing or two to think about.....like "you better not call the book propaganda if you want to keep your job". He said "no, really, we just can't seem to keep them in stock." I better call back and talk to his Manager anyway....just for grins.

Tip: When you call into your local bookstore make sure you get the NAME of the clerk up front who is helping you. That way, when they make some asinine comment you already have their name.

LL


29 posted on 08/23/2004 6:02:08 PM PDT by libertylass
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To: AmericanInTokyo

just received my copy from barnes and noble. Ordered last week.

coop


30 posted on 08/23/2004 6:02:10 PM PDT by coop223
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To: medscribe

I called Regnery today since my local Borders has not been able to stock it. Regnery said it's shipping and has plenty of books.


31 posted on 08/23/2004 6:04:43 PM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

I wonder what the "Vietnam Veterans Against the War" think about Mr. Kerry bathing himself in the glow of his heroism in the war?????? Might be a good thing to look into, I'll bet they are pissed that he has now turned his coat to them, but will still support him, because they know what a coward he really is and want that in the presidency.


32 posted on 08/23/2004 6:05:35 PM PDT by Ethyl
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To: spodefly

I believe it. I could have had a copy two days before it came out at Borders. At the check out I was told that it was in, but since I had ordered it from Amazon in July I didn't buy it. Here it is almlost the last of August and I am still waiting for it to come.


33 posted on 08/23/2004 6:07:50 PM PDT by AUsome Joy
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I have a line in to B&N. The largest distributor in the country - Ingram had no stock and 20,000 copies on order last week.
Publisher just didn't see it coming - last I had heard they did a 30,000 print run, now they are talking about a 500,000 print run. Trying to schedule that large of a print run on such short notice with all of the printers tied up with printing college textbooks is darn near impossible.

While Steve Riggio probably follows in his brother's footsteps of being a hardcore liberal, they are in the business to make money. Most often it is the liberal store managers that are guilty of hiding books. Not all of them do it though.


34 posted on 08/23/2004 6:10:45 PM PDT by listenhillary (We are defending the peace by taking the fight to the enemy.GWB)
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To: Jim Robinson
Heh heh heh....

FMCDH(BITS)

35 posted on 08/23/2004 6:11:05 PM PDT by nothingnew (KERRY: "If at first you don't deceive, lie, lie again!")
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
No matter how many times I see that cover, it still has the same revolting effect it did the first time.

Flying our Flag upside down; somebody, somwhere ought to pay a heafty price for that. Separate from the price kerry's paying now and/or in the future. It is just disgusting!

36 posted on 08/23/2004 6:12:17 PM PDT by AlbionGirl
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To: medscribe

The B&N here in Beavercreek, Ohio told me it wouldn't be out till mid September a couple of weeks ago so I got it on Amazon.


37 posted on 08/23/2004 6:12:45 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: medscribe
"(Complaints) started in the stores, and the home office has been inundated as well," said a company spokeswoman.

LOL. Squirm, Pinkos!!!

38 posted on 08/23/2004 6:13:01 PM PDT by Libertarian444
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To: medscribe

I was told at the local Stockton, Ca Barnes and Nobel eight days ago that they had books in the back, but would not sell them because John Kerry had filed suit. If I was the publisher I would send the books to stores that actually sell the books.


39 posted on 08/23/2004 6:16:53 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: Ethyl

At www.vvaw.org, search on "John Kerry". Nothing yet against him. They say since they're a tax-deductible organization, they can't support a candidate. They are for "Anybody But Bush."


40 posted on 08/23/2004 6:17:16 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Tell it Tonk!


41 posted on 08/23/2004 6:17:34 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: Jim Robinson
On the other hand, . . .

Damn! I need a new scorecard again . . .

42 posted on 08/23/2004 6:21:06 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: libertylass

Forget about talking to the manager. Arguing with a Liberal is like arguing with a drunk, and Franklin's advice about that is still accurate.

Write a letter to that store manager, and copy it to the corporate headquarters. Make their day!


43 posted on 08/23/2004 6:29:34 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon liberty, it is essential to examine principles - -)
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To: medscribe

I have three on order: two from Human Events and one from B&N. The two are for former SF soldiers and are slow in getting here. The B&N book has been shipped and will be here tomorrow.

I always enjoy tweaking my local B&N clerks by asking for my conservative books in a loud voice...


44 posted on 08/23/2004 6:44:56 PM PDT by lancer (If you are not with us, you are against us!)
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To: medscribe

My, my, being accused of something you didn't do and getting attacked by both sides? JOIN THE CLUB and how do you like it? /s


45 posted on 08/23/2004 6:46:52 PM PDT by Libertina (Abandoning Vietnam: 3.5 million died, (2.5 in Cambodia killing fields), 1.4 mil refugees)
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To: BurbankKarl

hahah.. my local Borders. But if you goto Borders.com it is "powered" by Amazon. Are they one in the same?


46 posted on 08/23/2004 6:47:15 PM PDT by Smogger
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To: medscribe

>>>Riggio said Barnes & Noble would not remove any title from its shelves, nor does it have any political agenda.

What a load of scat that is...


47 posted on 08/23/2004 6:51:49 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Time's fun when you're having flies. -- Kermit the Frog)
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To: Ethyl

"I wonder what the "Vietnam Veterans Against the War" think about Mr. Kerry bathing himself in the glow of his heroism in the war?????? Might be a good thing to look into, I'll bet they are pissed that he has now turned his coat to them, but will still support him, because they know what a coward he really is and want that in the presidency."


Kerry's OWN
Vietnam Veterans Against the War

http://www.vvaw.org

NOT a "right wing wacko site"

"Our military response to the attacks has caused more civilian deaths
in Afghanistan than the hijackers caused in our country."

http://www.vvaw.org/commentary/?id=8

(Is this how Kerry would deal with another 9/11
This is not the Iraq war, it's in response to 9/11?)

Vietnam Veterans Against the War Statement on John Kerry

http://www.vvaw.org/commentary/?id=400


48 posted on 08/23/2004 6:56:12 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: Smogger

When I went to order the book at my local Borders, I mentioned their relationship with Amazon, but the clerk said they get their books from their distributor (she didn't name it), not Amazon. Maybe Amazon is actually their warehouse, but she's not aware of it. Maybe they use Amazon only for online sales.


49 posted on 08/23/2004 6:57:33 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie
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To: Jim Robinson
Tereza H. and her book burners are probably buying up all stocks they can get their hands on. On the other hand, Hillary and her cohorts are probably donating money to get more copies into print.


When Evitas Collide :-)

50 posted on 08/23/2004 7:00:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... Hairy Kerry now ..... pay thru the nose later)
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