The Discoveroids were recently screaming that Stephen Meyer’s book, Darwin’s Doubt, was number 7 on the New York Times bestseller list of nonfiction hardcover books. You can still read all about it at their blog: Darwin’s Doubt Debuts at #7 on New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List.
That was on 01 July, two weeks ago. David Klinghoffer was crowing:
Judging the success of an idea in reaching and convincing a large audience is a tricky business. In putting your case to the public in books and articles, are you making progress, just holding steady, or losing ground to competitors? What you want is a solid, unambiguous metric. Hmm, as a measure of success in getting a particular argument before a large chunk of the thoughtful, book-reading public, how does a spot on the New York Times bestseller list sound?
That would do nicely. And in fact it is just what we are very pleased to report. As careful readers will already have discerned from the headline, Stephen Meyer’s new book, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, debuted on Sunday, July 7, in the #7 place on the New York Times hardback nonfiction list.
Then Klinghoffer added:
The book also opened at #10 on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list.
Very nice. Okay, two weeks have passed. Have you seen any more posts like that from the Discoveroids? No, you haven’t. In case you’re wondering why, here’s the Times‘ current list of hardcover nonfiction best sellers. Do you see Meyer’s book there? No? Neither do we.
But what about the Publishers Weekly list? You can see their current list of hardcover nonfiction bestsellers right here. How very odd — Meyer’s book isn’t there either.
What happened? What could possibly have prevented Meyer’s book from rocketing to number one and staying there for a very long time? Oh, we know — it’s been eclipsed by Ray Comfort’s new documentary film. Yes, that must be it.
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