January 17, 2005
5,000 Copies to #1
Elvis Presley just scored the 1,000th #1 single in the U.K., selling only 25,000 copies. A Yorkshire Post article (which loads with a big ad over the text in my browser) explores the history of the singles chart and its waning significance.
Seth Godin comments that being #1 isn't what it used to be, pointing out that selling 5,000 copies of a hardcover novel in one week could land you at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. 5,000 copies? That almost sounds easy.
January 12, 2005
Success Does Not Equal Depth or Breadth
"Remember, even a book that's a best-seller still is only read by less than 1% of the American public."
-Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestselling The Tipping Point and the newly released Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, brushing off comments about his impact (from Fast Company, January 2005).