Age of Autism – Amazon file wisely

8 Sep

We all know the new Age of Autism book is coming soon. Its stocked at Amazon for example where pre-orders for the book have placed the books ranking at the heady heights of the top 100,000.

However, whats most interesting is the cover art that Messers Blaxill and Olmsted have chosen for the Kindle edition of the book. In a refreshing turn of honesty, they selected the below (click for bigger) as the cover art.

You can also see it in situ at Amazon US store.

A brave and refreshingly intellectually honest move by Blaxill and Olmsted, I think you’ll agree.

15 Responses to “Age of Autism – Amazon file wisely”

  1. Neuroskeptic September 8, 2010 at 08:57 #

    Ha ha! That’s fantastic.

  2. Catherina September 8, 2010 at 11:37 #

    very funny – I wonder whether that is likely to boost their sales over the real cover?

  3. Broken Link September 8, 2010 at 12:37 #

    That has got to be more than an accident. The title of the wrong cover is just too appropriate.

    For fun, we could try to find other covers that would be appropriate for AoA. How about this one, which is at a similar ranking (but in DVD):

  4. Broken Link September 8, 2010 at 12:44 #

    Since I’m on a roll, the AoA trifecta:

    Age of Autism: #67,918
    Callous Disregard: #254,383 in Books
    All I Can Handle (Kim Stagliano): #371,114 in Books

    Compared to

    Autism’s False Prophets (softcover): #33,052 in Books
    Autism’s False Prophets (hardcover): #124,575 in Books

    AFP was published almost 2 years ago, and is still out-selling the trifecta.

    • Sullivan September 8, 2010 at 18:08 #


      that is quite amusing. My guess is that some emails and phone calls have been placed today to try to rectify the situation.

      Broken Link,

      If my memory serves, Amazon used to show ranking for books by category. Callous Disregard was in the top 100 (or something) in books>children>health>autism or something similar. That allowed groups like AoA to focus attention on Amazon and make a big deal out of getting a high rank. They are unable to do that this time with Age of Autism (the book).

  5. Kev September 8, 2010 at 16:21 #

    Why Broken Link – surely you’re not suggesting that someone at Amazon recognised the quality of the writing and _purposefully_ assigned it to a category they thought best fit it? 😉

  6. Orange Lantern September 8, 2010 at 16:33 #

    That’s too perfect for words.

  7. Broken Link September 8, 2010 at 16:51 #

    Well, yes, Kev my dear, I am suggesting that. It’s not like the title is alphabetically close, or has anything at all in common with AoA. It’s not a simple typo.

    AoA: published Sept 14, 2010
    AoA Kindle ASIN: B003OYICT0
    AoA Hardcover ISBN-10: 0312545622
    AoA authors: Mark Blaxill (Author), Dan Olmsted
    Dan Olmsted (Author)

    YBF9: published Aug 14, 2009
    YBF9 Kindle ASIN: B002Q1YEOO
    YBF9 Softcover ISBN-10: 0765324490
    YBF9 authors: David G. Hartwell (Author), Kathryn Cramer (Author)

    • Sullivan September 9, 2010 at 07:42 #

      Broken Link,

      I see it now–AoA (the book) is #13 in Books > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Children’s Health > Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s a best seller!

      It would be in the top 10 for that category, but the people at the Emmys decided to give an award to Temple Grandin, boosting her book sales. Obviously it was planned to reduce the impact of AoA.

  8. Chelsea September 8, 2010 at 17:37 #

    I can see that the autism teabaggers are trying to counteract Paul Offit’s book, which by the way I need to start reading. Another “Autism: Made in the USA.” Just sick! People are going to read this book and find it very moving and well written, because they are sheep.

  9. Orange Lantern September 11, 2010 at 04:27 #

    Still there. I imagine an intrepid photoshopper could have a good time taking a screencap and replacing the fantasy authors with Blaxill, Olmstead, and various others among the antivax cast of characters.

    • Sullivan September 16, 2010 at 04:56 #

      Orange Lantern,

      sorry that got stuck in the spam trap for so long.

  10. naughtyautie September 24, 2010 at 00:19 #

    OMG has anyone seen this? It’s like Bruno Bettleheim all over again.

    The Image of the Mother’s Eye: Autism and Early Narcissistic Injury

    Maxson J. McDowell, Ph.D.


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