At the center of the most watched show in Bravo's history stood a book. In the controversial finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, in which a table was flipped and the word "whore" was bandied back and forth like so many "hellos" at a greeter's convention, it was the power of the printed word that proved the most damning taunt.



The book in question, Cop Without A Badge, claims housewife Danielle Staub was, among other things, a stripper with a massive cocaine habit and an accessory to a kidnapping/beating. Staub's fellow housewives tracked down the lurid tale and used it as fodder against their friend.  


The first edition of Cop Without A Badge was published by Carroll and Graf in 1995 and is long out of print. Before the Real Housewives exposure, the book could be had for a nickel at a dime store, but now used copies are fetching upwards of $200.00. And, mark my words, whoever has the rights to the book now is scrambling to get it back in print.


Had the book been readily available, it surely would have shot up the rankings and sold hundreds -- if not thousands -- of copies.


What does this say about the current status of book buying in America?
Editor's Note: The reprint of Cop Without a Badge hits the shelves July 10th.
Message Edited by PaulH on 06-28-2009 02:24 PM
by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎06-19-2009 12:50 PM
People will buy (and watch) anything.
by on ‎06-19-2009 01:14 PM

I just find it incredible that a mere mention on a prime time show, will outsell almost any marketing campaign a publisher can come up with. Think how many copies of Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman sold due to the Lost TV show connection.


Not unlike product placement in the movies, publishers should be paying for T.V. mentions, don't you think?

by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎06-19-2009 01:18 PM

Perhaps - we are starting to see more video-based ads for books so actual "product placement" might be in the offing.


Shudder to think.


In a related thought, somone put out a book of love letters in response to the public's demand for Carrie's book of love letters in the Sex and the City movie.

by on ‎06-19-2009 01:37 PM

"In a related thought, someone put out a book of love letters in response to the public's demand for Carrie's book of love letters in the Sex and the City movie."


And it sold extremely well -- it spent some time in our top 100. Simon & Schuster has also been extremely successful in dropping books into Soap Operas. Or even having fictional Soap character's pen books of their own.


If it gets people reading, I say why not?

by MissShopaholic on ‎06-20-2009 03:31 AM

i admit that when i saw The Feminine Mystique book in a movie, that was the edition i wanted.  As well as Love in time of Cholera when i saw it in Serendipity i don't want the one on the shelves at the bookstore, i want that particular edition. Movie/Tv exposure can do that.


by Par4course on ‎06-20-2009 09:26 AM

I think that what it says about our current culture is that many people are too busy to go take the time to go through the stacks at the library/bookstore and decide what is a good book for themselves.  Or they're too lazy - but I'll try to be nice and say too busy. 


The same thing happens in my classroom, in a way.  A book can be on the shelves all soon as I start reading it as a "Read Aloud" to the class, everyone wants a copy of it.  Wish I had more time for "Read Aloud", so more books would get read.

by on ‎06-20-2009 02:34 PM
Now "A Cop Without A Badge" will be a a Prime Time Series. I really have not a clue why these shows are so popular.."The Fashion Show" with Issac Mizrahi,thats more my the show.,feels very downtown...All the "Housewives"shows whats the point?   
by MissShopaholic on ‎06-22-2009 05:27 PM

I don't think that it is necessarily that people are too lazy to find a good book for themselves... i read a lot of of books all the time.  Sometimes though, a book may pop up in a movie or on a tc show that piques my interest.  Love in time of Cholera was published in 1985 for god's sake i was 4 years old.


There are an infinite amount of good books out on the shelves written before i was even born and written before i found reading as a hobby that it is just too impossible to read them all.


I too am a teacher and am spending my summer reading as many books on my tbr list and even then i may miss a few good books being published or released today because i'm busy with another book.


it's not laziness because frankly if that were the case then we're talking about those who don't bother to pick up a book to read at all.



by on ‎07-01-2009 03:37 AM

You get your book sugestion where you find them.

If it's from bravo's reality porn it's better than Oprahs plan of shifting the way soiety thinks through book club choices.



Is low brow sensationalism selling of books really a bad thing in this economy anyway.?

by on ‎07-01-2009 04:53 AM
I think any way that is successful in selling books is a good thing, Tiggerbear. By the way, the reprint of Cop Without a Badge is currently #69 on the site.
by on ‎07-01-2009 05:39 AM
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