Jamie Oliver and the economics of publishing

Jamie's Italian restaurant

This little factoid in the New York Times profile of Jamie Oliver stood out for me:

Books, however, remain the engine of the Oliver machine: He has sold more than 45 million of them — $7.4 million worth just last year, according to Nielsen Book Research — and is the country’s best-selling nonfiction author. For a time, only J.K. Rowling outsold him.

Mr. Oliver, who has dyslexia and what he says is an unusually short attention span, likes to dictate his books rather than type them.

There was a Jamie’s in Cambridge when my wife and I were there on sabbatical, and we went once or twice. It was a nice place.

At Jamie's Restaurant

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