Many have noted the irony that my book on niches appears to be a hit. It will enter the NYT Bestseller list this week at #13 (moving up to #10 next week) and is already #14 on the WSJ bestseller list (moving up to #11 next week). I can live with that irony! It's also cool that the vast majority of us who live in the Long Tail, either as producers or consumers or both, are now getting recognition as a market to be taken seriously.
Even better, the success of my book seems to be lifting those around me. Robert Scoble and Shel Israel report that the sales of Naked Conversations are rising because Amazon's recommendations have linked our books. And Tom Evslin, who I've linked to here, says it's driving traffic to his site and selling copies of his book, Hackoff.com. Even John Battelle, who needs no help from me in sales of The Search, notes that Amazon has paired us, presumably to mutual benefit. That's the power of recommendations, able to drive traffic from hits to niches and even, sometimes, to turn the latter into the former.