Jackson Books May Exceed Demand

Since Michael Jackson’s death, sales of books about the singer have not been particularly robust compared to his chartbusting music sales, according to Publishers Weekly.  It’s not clear how much that will change with the arrival of four new Jackson titles later this month and next, as TV and print tabloids continue to focus on the cause of his death, his heirs and estate. None of the four books have yet been ordered by any of the libraries we checked.

The two titles with the biggest announced printings are Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson, by Ian Halperin, and Michael Jackson: The Magic, the Madness, the Whole Story 1958-2009, by Randy J. Taraborrelli. Both are due on July 14, according to news reports.

Helperin, the author of Unmasked, was at work on his book before Jackson died. Having predicted the King of Pop’s demise months before it happened, Helperin recently posted a story in the Daily Mail (UK), suggesting that Jackson had become anorexic and also that he may have suffered from a medical condition called Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which involves the lack of protein that helps protect the lungs. 

Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson
Ian Halperin
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment – (2009-07-14)
ISBN / EAN: 1439177171 / 9781439177174

Taraborrelli’s book, Michael Jackson, is a revised and updated edition of his 1991 Jackson biography, which has been out of print for a decade.  Author and subject were first introduced by Diana Ross when Michael Jackson was ten and Randy was the 13 year-old head of Ross’s fan club, according an interview with the book’s publisher in the Wall St. Journal.

Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009
J. Randy Taraborrelli
Retail Price: $18.99
Hardcover: 768 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group – (2009-08-05)
ISBN / EAN: 0446564745 / 9780446564748

Two other tribute books are also on the way: People Tribute: Remembering Michael 1958-2009, coming August 1, and the Life Commemorative: Michael Jackson by Life Magazine, due August 18.

People Tribute: Remembering Michael 1958-2009
Retail Price: $19.95
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: TIME – (2009-08-11)
ISBN / EAN: 1603201319 / 9781603201315


Life Commemorative: Michael Jackson
Retail Price: $19.95
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: TIME – (2009-08-18)
ISBN / EAN: 1603201300 / 9781603201308

Currently, the top Jackson book on Amazon is Michael Jackson Conspiracy, a self-published book by Aphrodite Jones and Tom Mesereau, which is at #112. None of the libraries we checked had any copies.

Michael Jackson Conspiracy
Aphrodite Jones
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 296 pages
Publisher: iUniverse – (2007-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0979549809 / 9780979549809

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