It’s beginning to look like Jerry Coyne’s new book, Fact vs. Faith, is a flop. It has been over five weeks since it was published and since then, we have seen only one review in a mainstream publication – the very negative review that appeared in the WSJ. The larger culture is clearly ignoring the book.
When we look to Amazon, sales are not that great (and have been progressively declining). As I write this, it is listed #8 in the Science & Religion section, but Francis Collins book from 2007 is listed at #7. And The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version published in 2010 is listed as #6. Both Collins and the Bible are beating Coyne’s book. That’s gotta sting.
Finally, there isn’t even much buzz about the book in the atheist blogsophere. When the book came out, there were the obligatory book promo blog postings from Coyne’s fellow culture warriors, but since then, it’s been silence.
Any ideas on why Coyne’s book was a flop?