If you are on the email lists of Republican candidates this cycle or you like their pages on Facebook, you’ve recently seen that former Gov. Bob Ehrlich is all over the place when it comes to political fundraisers lately and they all include his latest book, America: Hope for Change. Some of them include a “free” copy of the book for donors (which means usually the candidate paid Ehrlich or his publisher for the books) while others just provide an opportunity to buy the book and get it signed. In addition to candidates for office including Larry Hogan and others running for lesser offices, there are lobbyists in DC holding similar events. Whether donors get a “free copy” or get the opportunity to buy books to get them signed, the effect is a boost in what may be Ehrlich’s anemic book sales.
Hard-copy sales of America: Hope for Change on Amazon.com currently rank it at #511,299 in sales. Kindle edition sales on Amazon put the book at #315,397. The book was released on November 5, 2013.
Life Inside the Bubble, a book by congressional candidate Dan Bongino was released just after Ehrlich’s book on November 19. Bongino’s book is at #5,930 in hard-copy sales on Amazon.com. Bongino’s book is also ranked in the Top 10 or Top 15 in multiple categories on Amazon. Additionally, Bongino’s book is ranked #2,842 in Kindle edition sales, which includes being ranked #1 in three separate categories.
This wouldn’t be the first time Ehrlich has had trouble selling books. His previous book Turn This Car Around was panned by former Ehrlich speechwriter Richard Cross among others. Even former MD GOP Chairman Alex Mooney trying to help out sales of that dud of a book couldn’t help.
Ehrlich really seems to be struggling for relevance and I really wonder why he has any left considering the damage he did to the Maryland Republican Party (I will discuss this more in a future post.) It would seem that based purely on book sales comparison alone that Dan Bongino is the type of leader that people actually care about hearing from.
UPDATE: I understand that Bongino’s book peaked at #28 on Amazon and at #13 on the New York Times bestseller list. I seriously doubt the Ehrlich book even sniffed anywhere near the top 100 on either.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.