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DRUDGE REPORT 2003®

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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX WED DEC 17, 2003 17:06:32 ET XXXXX

CONTROVERSY SWIRLS AROUND O'REILLY BOOK SALES CLAIMS

FOXNEWS's top-rated host Bill O'Reilly recently claimed that he is "running against Hillary for most copies of nonfiction books sold this year!"

But numbers obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT show a dramatically different sales scene for 2003 than O'Reilly's TODAY show comments.

NIELSEN's BOOKSCAN placed O'Reilly at #6 for the year on the nonfiction charts, trailing rival Al Franken by nearly 30%!

The number represents scanned, purchased, sold and bagged copies at AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, BORDER'S, COSTCO and other outlets.

[BOOKSCAN is generally considered to capture about 70-80% of total sales of all books sold in USA.] 

With two weeks of sales to go for 2003:

1.  South Beach Diet            Dr. Arthur Agatston       2,304,608 [units scanned]
2.  Purpose Driven Life         Warren                 1,507,902
3.  Living History              Clinton                 1,084,520
4. Ultimate Weight Solution      McGraw                 836,043
5. Lies and The Lying Liars     Franken                   674,024
6. Who's Looking Out for You    O'Reilly                 430,407
7. Benjamin Franklin            Isaacson               384,137
8. Dude, Where's My Country     Moore                  365,519
9. Treason                      Coulter                364,848
10. Fly Boys                     Bradley              222,685
11. Short History of Nearly Everything  Bryson              217,591
12.  Moneyball                  Lewis                 210,108
13.  Royal Duty                 Burrell                 159,261
14.  Who's Your Caddy?          Reilly                  151,978
15.  Every Second Counts        Armstrong              145,183
16.  World According to Mr. Rogers                       141,405
17.  Madame Secretary           Albright                122,167
18.  New Cookbook, BH&G Better Homes & Gardens  118,230
19.  Merriam Websters Dictionary                        115,185
20.  Bushwacked         Ivans                         110,000

As a comparison, Harry Potter has scanned 7,908,391 unites; DaVinci Code moved 3,023,336.

Developing...

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