July 23, 2004
Daniel Miller dropped by Borders Books and Music in Tempe on Thursday afternoon specifically to buy the Sept. 11 report.
"I want to see what it has to say and not just the excerpts the news media puts out," said Miller of Tempe, a call center customer service representative. "I want to see whose fault it is."
"The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States," 567 pages, was released Thursday to coincide with the commission’s public release of its report. The book is $10. The report is available free online.
Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe had sold three copies as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday. A Borders manager said it is store policy not to give out any numbers of how many books have been sold. A Barnes and Noble Booksellers manager in Chandler also would not give out numbers.
Amazon.com had discounted the price to $8 and it was at the top of the bestseller list Thursday evening.
The publisher, W.W. Norton & Co., did an initial printing of 600,000 copies, according to Louise Brockett, vice president of publicity. Bookstores ordered more than 500,000 copies, she said.
Across the nation, some stores reported brisk sales.
Vroman’s in Pasadena, Calif., sold out by noon. Customers of Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., bought 60 copies in about four hours.
And in New York, even before the commission held the news conference to which the book’s public sale was timed, customers filled bookstores up and down Manhattan. Many had called days ahead to reserve copies and some waited patiently for the embargo time.
Anayeli Abreo, an Arizona State University student, picked up the book at the Tempe Borders because she was curious, although she didn’t plan on buying it right away.
"I heard stuff about it and I was just wondering what it was about," said Abreo, 17, of Phoenix. "I’m interested in reading it because I’m wondering what happened."
Bill Conron of Tempe said he will probably buy the book.
"I think the Bush administration screwed up badly and when I talk to someone about the subject I want to have some ammunition," said Conron, 47, a graphic designer. "I’m interested in seeing the full story."