The New York Times has changed its mind.
Last week, the paper made headlines with its public decision not to include Ted Cruz’s memoir, A Time for Truth, on their nonfiction bestseller list, despite selling over 11,000 copies nationwide. The decision led to speculation about whether Cruz had tried to cheat the system and shed some light on the Times’ still-secretive criteria for their bestseller list.
Now, after a week in which both Amazon and Cruz’s publisher Harper Collins denied that Cruz’s book had been bought in bulk (the most common attempt to cheat best seller lists), the New York Times has reversed its previous decision. A Time for Truth will be included on the July 26 edition of their hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.
“This week’s NYT best seller list was arrived at using the same process as last week’s – and the week before that,” New York Times Executive Director of Communications Danielle Rhoades Ha said in a statement given to EW. “That process involves a careful analysis of data, and is not influenced in any way by the content of a book, or by pressure from publishers or book sellers. Our approach serves Times readers by authenticating broadly popular books through the confidential reporting of a wide range of retailers. In order to avoid compromising that process, we do not disclose who reports sales to us.”