A little over a month ago I told you about the “Election Heat Map” Amazon was maintaining, which profiles the best-selling “red” or “blue” books by state.
No matter what side of the political fence you may (or may not) be on during this 2012 election season here in the USA, I think all sides will agree this has become one of the nastiest presidential elections in decades: I’ll be glad when it is over and my dinner not interrupted by the latest robocall. While I have my opinions and I am sure you do, also, that’s not the purpose of this post…
Amazon has released what they are calling the “Amazon Election Heat Map 2012” which has colored each state “red” or “blue” in terms of the top-selling political books by state. They are computing percentages, updated daily, for each state and the USA by comparing the 100 best-selling “blue” books during the time period against the 100 best-selling “red” books during the same time period. You can click your mouse over each state and see what people are reading which, in my un-educated opinion, gives you a fairly good idea of what the other side is thinking.
Clicking on the individual states is interesting in a voyeuristic type of way as you see where the book-buying public of the various states are leaning and what books they are purchasing. Some states are really red, some are a kind of pinkish color, and, as I type this, only eight states and the District of Columbia are blue; Pennsylvania was grey last month as exactly 50% of the books purchased were blue and 50% were red; Pennsylvania has switched to 54% red since last month. Is your state red, pink, or blue?
By the way – a “blue” state represents favoring the Democratic Party and a “red state” represents favoring the Republican Party.
The #1 blue book is Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy by Ted Widmer and Caroline Kennedy, which is a pre-order and will be released on September 25th (Tuesday). The #1 red book is Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Martin Dugard and Bill O’Reilly which has received an average user rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars based on 3,450 customer reviews.
No matter if you are leaning “red” or “blue” in this election, the key thing is to be involved, know what the issues are that are important to you and where you believe the country should be going, and vote accordingly: there are literally billions of people in the word who don’t have the right to vote.
Have a great week!
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