Good article, but IMHO the more insidious "best sellers" are the political books (of every stripe) that are purchased in bulk by like-minded million- and billionaires who then distribute them (through PACS) for free or even (yes!) pulp them. The mass purchases serve to (1) push the book up the legit best seller lists, and (2) hand significant cash to the political figure who "wrote" said book. Personally, I take best-selling political tomes with a very large grain of salt.
You assume that most "bestseller" lists are comprised of the books selling best during a certain period, as opposed to what the list makers think should be on the list. NY TIMES particularly.
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