Dec 4, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT
Want to know how crazy this is getting? Here’s how crazy. An out-of-print book that was photographed by police in the back seat of Tiger Woods’ crashed Escalade on Friday morning (pictured) is now surging in Amazon.com sales, jumping ahead more than 300,000 spots as of today. The book, Get a Grip on Physics, was published in 1999 and was supposed to be the first of a series. But those plans were canceled due to poor sales. Well, it’s a hot item now.
The author, British scientist John Gribbin, is probably best known for predicting that earthquakes would wipe out Los Angeles in 1982. Finally, something works out for the guy.
The Guardian online caught up with Gribbin on Thursday. Video following the jump.
This incidental role in Woods’s domestic drama has been enough to create a rush to get hold of the book, with the title’s sales rank on Amazon.com jumping from 396,224 earlier in the week to a high spotted yesterday by the Wall Street Journal of 2,268.
Speaking in a break between lectures this morning, the author, John Gribbin, said he was “delighted that anybody’s reading my books. I just wish it was one that’s still in print.”
“It’s not a book you sit down and read from cover to cover,” said Gribbin, “you can dip in and out of it. Tiger Woods is absolutely my target audience. He’s busy, hasn’t got a lot of time, but wants to catch up on what’s happening in physics.”
I’d say physics caught up with Woods, with a vengeance. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods-related domain names are currently on sale on eBay, as you knew they would be. Still available for the low price of $1 million are TigerWoodsDomesticViolence.com, and TigerWoodsAffairs.com. Heavens.
Tiger Woods drives sales of physics book sky-high [The Guardian]
Tiger Woods Affairs.com Plus More Domain Names Top Search [eBay]
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