Small Bookstores Shun Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Upcoming Book
Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a member of the most famous political family in the U.S. and a bestselling author. But it may be hard to find his newest book at the local bookstore when it comes out next week.
Tony Lyons, publisher of Skyhorse Publishing, said he printed 100,000 copies of Kennedy’s new title, but said there have been “hardly any” orders from independent bookstores.
“Most copies are going to Amazon,” he said. A spokeswoman for Amazon declined to comment.
Sarah Bagby, owner of the Watermark Books & Cafe in Wichita, Kan., said her store didn’t order any copies. “We took a pass on this one,” she said. “People are weary of doomsayer books. We’re seeing a surge in romance.”
If people ask for “The Wuhan Cover-Up,” Bagby said the store will place a special order for it.
Kennedy expressed disappointment that independent bookstores may not be stocking his new book. “Independent bookstores are the traditional bulwarks against corporate propaganda and government censorship,” he said.
His new book has gained significance because Kennedy is rising in the polls as an independent candidate and his candidacy is widely expected to affect the outcome of next year’s presidential election.
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