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Madoff books hard to sell

September 04, 2009|Associated Press

Sex and scandal have not been enough to make major sellers out of books about Bernard L. Madoff.

According to Nielsen BookScan, neither a much-discussed tell-all by alleged ex-mistress Sheryl Weinstein nor a recent wave of biographies about the imprisoned financier have caught on with the public.

Weinstein's "Madoff's Other Secret," a tabloid favorite published last month by St. Martin's Press, has sold just 2,000 copies.

Jerry Oppenheimer's "Madoff With the Money" has sold 1,000. Gerard and Deborah Strober's "Catastrophe" and Andrew Kirtzman's "Betrayal" each sold 3,000. Erin Arvedlund's "Too Good to Be True" has been slightly more successful, selling 5,000 copies.

Nielsen BookScan tracks 70% to 75% of the market.

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