Nate Silver's Book Sales Soar By 800 Percent

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Nov. 7 2012 12:22 PM

Nate Silver's Book Sales Soar By 800 Percent Thanks To Election

As you probably know by now, there were two winners last night: President Obama and Nate Silver. Fair or not (and mostly not), yesterday's vote tally was billed as something of a referendum on the New York Times polling blogger and psephologist's powers of prognostication.

Well, once again, to the victor go the spoils. CNN Fortune with the details:

Sales of [Silver's new] book, "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don't" shot up 800% on Amazon.com over the last 24 hours. It is now the second best selling book on the site, behind only popular children's book, "The Third Wheel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 7."
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Elsewhere in Slate, columnist Daniel Engber explains why Obama’s big win does not mean Nate Silver is a towering electoral genius, despite what Twitter may have told you last night.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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