Sarah Palin's book is bestseller before going on sale

Thu Oct 1, 2009 3:12pm EDT
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By Martinne Geller

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Sarah Palin's upcoming memoir is already the top bestselling book on the shopping sites of and Barnes & Noble, a month and a half before the book goes on sale.

The memoir from last year's Republican vice-presidential candidate, titled "Going Rogue: An American Life," is scheduled for release on November 17, four months after the book deal was announced and much earlier than planned.

The memoir, which became available for pre-order this week, has been in's top 100 for three days, and just replaced the latest novel from "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown at the top of the list.

"It obviously bodes well that there's so much interest and excitement," said Tina Andreadis, spokeswoman for HarperCollins, the book's publisher and a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Andreadis declined to project the book's ultimate sales potential.

It is typical for highly anticipated books to jump in the bestseller ratings as soon as they become available for pre-order, said spokeswoman Sarah Gelman.

For example, Brown's book, "The Lost Symbol," topped the list immediately after becoming available as a pre-order in April, she said.

"The Lost Symbol" is now the second-best-selling book on, followed by "Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government" by conservative commentator Glenn Beck.   Continued...

<p>Sarah Palin is pictured while serving hot dogs at the annual Governor's Picnic in Fairbanks, Alaska, July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder (UNITED STATES POLITICS)</p>