Here's more on the sales of the Iraq report (from CNN). Now, wait a minute... didn't the public pay for this report? Isn't it government information? And now it's a best-seller on the private market--again, just like the 9/11 Commission Report. I opened my messages from GovDoc-L this morning, and found that Daniel Cornwall had the same feelings:
"First off, I'm disappointed that once again the private sector is going to benefit from the sale of a popular government document while GPO is still looking for nickels to rub together. First the 9/11 Commission, now the Baker/ISG Commission. While I doubt it is a conscious conspiracy, it is unfortunate that the hottest potential sellers are being diverted away from the government's official printer."
All this talk of hot GovDocs got me to start a reading list of some of the best-selling ones:
- The Starr Report
- Iraq Study Group Report
- 9/11 Commission Report
- William Lewis Herndon: Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon
- ...which led me to a book on his death on a gold-laden shipwreck.