Frisco Beat: Kind of a Bestseller


Okay, this scenario kills me — but in a good way. Remember when I noticed that my long out-of-print title The Literary World of San Francisco had just hit no.97 on the Amazon bestseller list for travel books about SF?

I looked at the Amazon page for it on February 25 and found that it was no.15! Out of all the books in all the world about traveling to Frisco, a volume that has been o.p. for twenty years got to no.15.

And guess what? Today it is at no.10!

I don’t know, maybe they don’t count all the editions covering The City from Fodor’s and so on, or maybe just enough used copies are circulating to pop the rating up. I have no idea how it works. But, hey,  a Top Ten bestseller is nonetheless a Top Tenner, right?

Now I wonder how it did when it first came out — but maybe the Internet wasn’t invented yet. . . .

Anyway, if you’re one of the folk who don’t have that one, I recommend it. Great book. And I say so without much ego behind the remark. I did that one so long ago it’s as if another person researched and wrote it. Sure, I remember doing it, but most of the pain of getting it done has faded away.

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