Amazon denied Monday that "bulk purchases" were fueling sales of Ted Cruz's new book, but the New York Times said it's not budging in its decision to exclude the senator's memoir from its bestseller list.
Amazon said in a statement that it has found "no evidence of unusual bulk purchase activity in our sales data" for Cruz's recently released book "A Time for Truth."
Amazon's assertion, first reported by Politico, contradicted the Times, which said last week that the Texas senator's book was left off its prestigious bestseller list due to "the overwhelming preponderance of evidence" that "sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases."Bookseller Barnes & Noble also looked into the matter and found no evidence of bulk sales of the Cruz book. HarperCollins, the publisher of "A Time for Truth," also denied the allegations of bulk sales to pump up sales figures.
That the NY Times Book Review uses a secret formula to downgrade or exclude conservative authors from the newspaper's best sellers list is not exactly new. Last year, NYTBR was accused of unfairly keeping David Limbaugh's "Jesus on Trial" off the list despite having better sales than 17 other authors on the list. That same year, conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's "America: Imagine a World Without Her" was excluded entirely from the 25 book list despite having better sales than 13 books that were listed as bestsellers.