Books on Madoff Are Short on Sales

Books on Bernard Madoff (here in March) aren't having much success despite the wave of allegations about the Ponzi schemer.
Books on Bernard Madoff (here in March) aren't having much success despite the wave of allegations about the Ponzi schemer. (By Louis Lanzano -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

NEW YORK -- Sex and scandal have not been enough to make bestsellers out of books about Bernard Madoff.

According to Nielsen BookScan, neither a much-discussed tell-all by alleged ex-mistress Sheryl Weinstein nor a recent wave of biographies about the imprisoned financier have caught on with the public.

Weinstein's "Madoff's Other Secret," a tabloid favorite published last month by St. Martin's Press, has sold just 2,000 copies.

Jerry Oppenheimer's "Madoff With the Money" has sold 1,000. Gerald and Deborah Strober's "Catastrophe" and Andrew Kirtzman's "Betrayal" each sold 3,000. Erin Arvedlund's "Too Good to Be True" has been slightly more successful, selling 5,000 copies.

Nielsen BookScan tracks about 75 percent of the market.


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