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

YEARENDER: 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 fiction has scanned 7,908,391 units; DaVinci Code moved 3,023,336.

Developing...

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