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BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 9 2007

It's Friday afternoon, and time to ask the burning questions that don't get asked at any other time of the week...

Why is it that one out of a hundred people who go to Amazon to check out Barack Obama's bestselling book The Audacity of Hope ultimately choose instead to buy The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and another one percent choose You: On a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management by Mehmet C. Oz? Is this just a quirk of being at the top of the best-seller list, or is there a connection between hope, gaining unearned wealth, and a thinner waistline?

Is it bad news for Hillary Clinton that ten percent of the people who check out her autobiography Living History on Amazon instead buy one of Obama's books instead?

And seriously, if book-buying is a surrogate for voting, can it be good news for Hillary that Obama's book is a best-seller and the 10th anniversary re-issue of her classic It Takes a Village only sold 6,000 copies?

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