Hump Day Hilarity – Al Gore's AIT Firesale

Al Gore’s book,  An Inconvenient Truth used to be one of the hottest items (no pun intended…umm, well maybe) but now, not so much. While it is still being sold on for as much as ten dollars, it seems there is now a burgeoning discount market for AIT.

Have a look at this seen at a major bookseller’s discount table (h/t to on Twitter)


And, it gets worse, some Amazon used book sellers are unloading it for a penny!



105 thoughts on “Hump Day Hilarity – Al Gore's AIT Firesale

    • I’d like to agree. But it’s no laughing matter that many people believed in this science fiction novel enough to riot in the streets, vote for carbon taxes, lie to other that PV solar and windmills are job creators, and so on. This book has been a destructive force for most, and helped make a few very wealthy off the anguish of others.

      • This is an amusing website which, at first, appears to be a ‘green’ site but is actually just an advert for a book called ‘Biodiesel’. Go to the bottom of the homepage and read the extremely small print.

      • That’s great, thanks for the laugh! Reminded me of this one from Protein Wisdom awhile ago:
        “Scenes from Al Gore’s ENVIRONMENTAL BATTLEFIELD USA,
        me: “So let me get this straight: I pay you five dollars, and in return, you promise not to eat an ounce of roughage for, say, three days. Meanwhile, I can eat as much in the way of beans and cabbage as I want—and in the end, we’re both absolved from any responsibility for personal methane production…?”
        poor Mexican migrant worker: ”Si.”
        me: “Interesting.
        me: “—So. Does this mean you have to follow me around and take the blame if I let one rip in a crowded elevator? Or is that, like, extra…?”

  1. rankings:
    Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” #196,056.
    My own modest “The Law of Self Defense” #74,907
    Suck it, Al. 🙂
    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

      • Amazon Unlimited is the “borrow” thing they’ve set up, right? Glad to hear of it. Mostly just want to keep law-abiding people from ending up in jail because they were unfortunate enough to be chosen as prey and fortunate enough to have won the contest.
        I tried hard to work a “CAGW is BS” thread into the book, but my editor was ruthless. 🙂
        –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

  2. At those prices I’m tempted to buy a copy – with the rising price of heating fuel, thanks to the brutal cold weather which seems to be occurring lately, it could come in useful.

    • A copy?
      Heck, I’m wondering if you can buy in bulk.
      Will buy all available at $0.01 just to keep the fire stoked this winter if I get free delivery! 😉

    • Good point! At that rate, it’d be cheaper than a cord of wood, AND it would double in a pinch as toilet paper…!

      • Oh, don’t use it as toilet paper – you will get a heat rash, ebola, constipation and/or diarrhea, hairy butt, hemorrhoids, intestinal worms, cranial-rectal syndrome and worse – these being things caused or exacerbated by CAGW. Besides, the book’s pages are so full of fecal matter, it is difficult to tell if you have gotten your self clean or made things worse. (Sorry for the bathroom humor, but some of us boys never grow up and cannot resist.)

    • Unfortunately, you’re right for once. The important thing about propaganda is not its accuracy or price; it’s how many people’s minds are corrupted by it beyond repair at any price.

    • Peter writes “This is a risky game to play.”
      Tagged as humour, I dont think so. If a warmist site made a humerous jab at skeptic book sales figures then that would be ok too. Its when people like Cook or Lewendowsky start analysing book sales and reading into it people’s beliefs in global warming it becomes a game and goes too far.

    • You’re absolutely right.
      The fact is that a book that’s about ten years old is still well enough known that humour can be made from it.
      So it has been influential.
      (And everyone who would ant a copy probably already has one).

    • “Attempting to score points off this inevitable publication cycle is silly particularly when it concerns science and public policy.”
      Inevitable? Check for “The Origin of Species” on Amazon. It was originally published in 1859, and is still going strong and well worth reading.

    • “Unfair comparison”
      Perhaps. But most (all?) scientific disciplines have a number of works that never really grow obsolete or redundant. Just check the books any working scientist keeps handy.

    • I’m STILL waiting for your answer to my question regarding the HotWhoppers debate, Peter, which was whether you agreed with her position or not.
      Obviously, you just cherry pick topics and aren’t man enough to answer a simple Yes/No question.
      You are just a self-serving shill when it comes to the scientific debate, sir.
      And I’m STILL waiting for an answer.

      • Koch Bros, The target of the green movement sells Angel Soft TP by Georgia Pacific. Retail over one dollar. Koch has a better handle on consumer demand.

  3. The worst part of it all is that they have moved it to “fiction” aisle….where it might become a bestseller once again along with “Climatyville Horror.”

  4. Anthony, I really love seeing that pic of the $1.00 sale! On Amazon, though, all of the $.01 ones have a $3.99 shipping charge (in the fine print – check out your link and you will see.)
    Just keeping things honest. 🙂

  5. I didn’t read the book, but I actually watched the whole film recently. I was hoping this article would list his predictions 1 by 1 and see what has really happened since the book was published. I guess I would have to buy the book for $1 and list the predictions I mentioned. I’m sure the book must make predictions/forecasts.
    Does it, I haven’t read it?

  6. “I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are”… Al Gore in Grist, 09 May 2006
    Over representing facts (knowingly lying) to get people to listen (buy your book, watch your movie) is only necessary when you know the real facts won’t make any one care, and they won’t buy your book, and they won’t watch your movie.

  7. For a much more useful book at the almost-as-low price of $5, download a PDF copy of Bob Tisdale’s Who Turned Up the Heat?. The background on the ENSO process is critical to understanding his many excellent posts here.
    Click Here to purchase.
    Since WTUtH? is an E-book, you can’t burn it to keep warm; use AIT for that purpose, although good old fashioned coal will give you a lot more heat for the same price, and has the added benefit of making Bill McKibben weep.

  8. Hmm… a thought exercise.
    AIT weight per book (including jacket) approximately 1 pound 11oz.
    5000 of them at a cost of $50.00.
    Run them in an incinerator.
    Equating the burnt books to the average BTU value of wood = 20 million Btu’s per cord,
    where a cord averages about 2800 pounds per cord.
    Hence 5000 pounds of AIT equates to 5000*(1+11/16)/2800 = 3 cords = 60 million Btu’s
    Since coal averages about 20 million BTU’s per short ton that yields
    5000 AIT incinerated = 3 short tons of coal = $150 (at $50.00 per ton for coal)
    If we can get Mr. Gore to continue to sell books at .01 per book we could convert to
    burning AIT books at 1/3 the cost of coal.

    • And how does the resulting CO2 emission compare? I imagine that AIT emits much less CO2 as well, coming from Mr Gore after all (because of the low-carbon footprint example that he continues to set for us to follow).
      do I really need the sarc tag?

    • I found this reference which claims 6,500 BTU / lb of “waste paper” (a description I’m sure we can agree on), which is actually slightly lower than 7,500 BTU / lb for “dung” (another apt description). If I use the 6,500 BTU/lb value and your estimate of 1.69 lb for each book I get 54.8 million BTU rather than your 60 million for 5,000 copies, but close enough.
      So if you can get enough copies of AIT for the cash and carry price of $0.03 each or less, you will beat or break even with the cost of coal for heating. You will also be transporting roughly 8,430 lbs of AIT to your incinerator rather than 6,000 lbs of coal.
      If you assume the hauling capacity of a typical pickup truck (Dodge Ram 1500) is about 1,400 lbs, you will make 5 trips to transport the 3 short tons of coal and 6 trips for the 5,000 copies of AIT.
      Or you could burn 8,000 lbs of “dung” instead, which means you won’t have to shovel as much s**t to stay warm.

    • Archaeologists in some future millennia would get a laugh.. or feel sick.
      It could be used as a dart board in paperback form – apologies to dart boards everywhere..

    • And it belongs in the fiction section. No wonder people are having a hard time finding it online. 🙂

  9. I’m almost totally against book burning of any type, but in this case, at 1¢ each, I’m tempted…

  10. With 100 of them you can have a 10X10; call it “Andy Warhol Meets Franz Kafka & Salvadore Dali”

    • Somehow, I doubt that Al’s contract with his publisher contained a clause putting him on the hook for unsold units.
      It sure would be funny if it did, though…

  11. These prices have got to be less than cost – less even than the royalty Al Gore receives for each copy sold. Booksellers just should not be selling at these prices. It ought to be more profitable for them to shred the books than sell them at this price. So why are they on sale at all? Somebody must be subsidising the sale of this book. Whoever that somebody is, I really hope no public money is involved.

    • Sometime back over 20 years ago the tax laws were changed regarding how publishers could treat the production costs of a book. Previously they could claim all the production costs as an expense in the year they were paid. After the change publishers had to ammortize the costs of the run over the sales life of the entire production run. As a result, publishers do not keep unsold books, but dump them at any price once it is clear they are no longer selling.
      My wife encountered this when working for a major university library. It used to be when a circulation book became too damaged to use they simply called the publisher and ordered a new copy. After the tax change they had to start calling used bookstores and other resellers.

  12. An electrical utility plant running on unsold copies of this book would be unsustainable.
    Even if it was subsidized with our taxes.
    Think about the carbon sequestration requirements.

  13. I’m a retired book publisher, and there’s no mystery here: When you see a book selling for $5 or less, what you’re most likely seeing are remaindered copies. When a book reaches what the publisher considers “end of life,” remaining inventory is written off and sold for almost nothing to remainder dealers, many of whom are now online. (They used to be tent sellers at flea markets, strip mall used bookstores, and so on.) “Penny sellers” are basically giving the book away and padding the shipping cost a little, which is how they make their money. Remaindered books are marked as such with a black felt marker swipe across the page edge. After remaining inventory is gone, a book is typically declared “out of print.” It could be heading to another edition, typically from hardback to paperback. Most of the time, the book is just dead, and rights revert to the author, who is not paid for whatever money is received from remainder houses.

  14. Once, in the future, when most copies gone missing, Al Gore’s book might reach high price in auction for Dreams instead of solid sound science

  15. Actually, this is very serious stuff. The price is the real revision to the book indicated in the blue masthead wherein it says, ‘Adapted for a NEW GENERATION.’ That adaptation is for the new generation of jobless, penniless, student loan debt ridden, recent college graduates.

    • Works for me. Is there a quantity discount ? Christmas is coming soon.

  16. Al Gore is the solution to warming. Has anyone received any grant money to study the Gore effect? This guy’s life’s work should be to fly into localized hot spots, deliver a speech thereby bringing the temp down to slightly below normal.

  17. For a penny, it’s worth buying if only to punch a hole through one corner and hang it up in the privy on a length of string.

  18. Pelletize the remaining inventory and sell it to Britain for fuel. No point in cutting trees twice for the same stupidity. Surprised Al hasn’t thought of that already.

  19. back when USPS had media mail rates, you could mail that book for 2.25. amazon would get their cut, which at one penny is nothing. amazon would give you the $3.99 shipping. so, with media mail and a decent cut for amazon, you could make 1.75 selling a book for a penny. if you got a trunkload of books for a quarter each, you can make money if you are efficient.
    sadly, USPS has modified the ol’ ‘media mail’ class. probably too many ppl were mis-using it. but you can still make money selling a book for a penny.

  20. Ah, yes. “On the Origin of Species: The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”.
    One of the most important science books ever. It allows us to take our prejudices against the lower classes and justify policies, such as eugenics and welfare policies, and claim that we are not being classist, but just being “scientifick-y.”
    Now, let’s get on with the sterilization of those undesirables! Three generations of imbeciles is enough!

    • People who stretch words into meanings that Darwin never intended do him an injustice. Favoured in this sense does not mean favored by human society or human individuals, but by natural selection. The word race in this context does not mean racial distinctions within homo sapiens, but means species of organisms. Don’t blame Darwin’s correct observations of nature and reality for the bigotry of human beings.

      • Acceptable to a point; have you read “The Descent of Man?” Get 100 pages into it and you’re ready to rip the thing up.

      • Darwin’s nephew, at the least thought his uncle was all for eugenics. Here is a excerpt that is chilling in its name dropping significance.–1POr_eVZh0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WEw3VMqxA9WkyAT00oHYDA&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=darwin%27s%20nephew%20eugenics&f=false
        And eugenics was the sciencey fad embraced by the educated self-declared elites and government officials of the day. Sort of like a certain other sciencey fad that one gets in trouble for resisting.

      • Don’t get upset with me. Get upset with his excitable cousin, Galton.
        Galton coined the term “eugenics.”
        For hundreds of years, at least since the beginning of the Poor Laws, the educated elite in Britain had been trying to understand why some people don’t pull their own weight in society.
        Micky, if you or anyone else goes and reads about the initiation and subsequent history of the Poor Laws, poor houses, and alms houses in Britain, you will see the class issues very clearly.
        The IDEA that the differences in the classes – the stable classes and the ne’er-do-well drifter irresponsible-breeder classes – had a rational, scientific basis was already present, leadingly in Haeckel’s scientifick-y beliefs about the differences between races…
        Darwin simply gave Galton, Haeckel, and other elitist intellectuals a convincing mechanistic theory of the way that some “races” came to be superior or inferior to others.
        This is not stretching words, but illuminating truth. We carry these ideas to the present day. Involuntary sterilization of inferiors was normal up through the 1970s. Well, at least here in the United States. I don’t know what country you are in, Micky.
        Anyone can ignore this info or begin reading. I myself simply do not trust educated elitist totalitarians very much anymore. I have seen enough.

  21. I’m opposed to book burning on general principles, but given the continued downward slide in the price, and the remarkable lack of warmth these past few winters, this is looking like a cost-effective alternative to firewood.

  22. It’s not at all uncommon for books, CDs, and DVDs that sold large numbers of copies to be sold on Amazon for one cent. I’ve bought many of them. The sellers make their money on the difference between the amount charged for postage ($3.99) and what it cost to actually mail most of these items.
    The reviews of the book (28 very positive, 22 very negative) and its Amazon Best Sellers rank of #115,777 are more revealing.

    • EDIT: It’s not at all uncommon for used copies of books, CDs, and DVDs that sold large numbers of copies to be sold on Amazon for one cent.

  23. While I know the derision of Al’s book is justified, it is a fact this book and the movie influenced a lot of people and is worthy of note. I have reluctantly put it in my library where it joined my first edition of Nansen’s Furthest North, in two volumes, and my 6th edition of Darwin’s Origin. I am not saying it is on the same level but if you are rummaging through the scraps of history trying to figure out why the hell people did what they did, something like Al’s opus might be useful.
    I am certain when the global warming tide starts to go out, the story will sink quickly into the sand. The book will become inconvenient evidence of how really stupid we can collectively become.

  24. @RobRoy, hence the term Thought Experiment. And in reality, getting enough for a warm fire would be hard. It is just fun to fantasize.

  25. I buy excellent books on Abe and Amazon for $1 as often as possible.
    sometimes with free shipping.
    I would not take money to have to wade through Goreon’s book again.
    But the other commenters who point out that liquidating old books at $1 and less are on track: It is no big deal either way.

    • got a few (3 iirc) newer brad thor books for 14$ total and prime 2 day shipping on amazon.
      there are really good deals there, people forget amazon started as book sales.

  26. I might go ahead and buy a copy and use the pages for target practice at the gun club. I will then take the torn up pages home and free the trapped CO by burning them in my wood stove.

  27. Keep in mind there may well be a tax incentive to get rid of old stock. Some fiefdoms with inventory tax started valuing unsold books at selling price rather than production cost or “remainder” selling price. So publishers were motivated to dump stock – unfortunate because some books will continue to sell but slowly.
    There’s also the cost of warehousing space.
    (Amusing side note to the bureaucracy called the publishing industry.
    There’s a store in Canada selling remainders of books not well distributed in Canada. Appear to be a dealer for a US operation. Typical price in their window was several dollars per book.
    Problems with distribution in Canada include IP rights, some things are licensed per country, some by region – notably movies. So someone in a country has to step up to a distribution deal. (Hence it is unlikely that the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy will be shown in Canada, as it has not done well in the US. DVDs should be available however.)
    That’s on top of the bookstore retailing stupidity that motivated the founding of Amazon company. Few got organized to order books for customers.
    Another dumb move was only dealing with a limited number of book distributors, which limited selection.
    Worse were the hypocrites of Bolen Books in Victoria BC, who tried to enlist government force against Amazon when it set up a warehousing and shipping deal in Canada yet couldn’t produce for customers. One person waited over a year for a book, finally someone close to her ordered it from Amazon who had it on her doorstep in ten days. And Bolen is not a full-line book store – you won’t find serious philosophy or science. (That probably reflects both the ideology of the owner and that it is a shopping mall store thus it is more lucrative to use its costly space for children’s books. The owner’s choice but immoral to bash others for serving different customers. In the Victoria BC area the class operation is Munro’s downtown, a well run store that hopefully will continue after Jim Munro retires.)
    Bookstores continue to be odd people, different stores claim different maxims for the industry, I think they are like climate alarmists – saying whatever feels good to them.
    Nevertheless, publishers must have badly over-estimated demand for algore’s blather. The price sounds low for remainders if it once was a strong seller.

  28. Maybe he is coming out with a new edition. All he’d have to do is substitute “warming” with “cooling” and he might get another Nobel Lariat.

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