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March 17, 2010

I’m in Awe…

By Mark Sisson
196 Comments

Before I say anything else I want to express my extreme gratitude to everyone involved. In fact, gratitude is too watered down a word to describe how I feel. I am in awe of the support. I set out to generate some much-needed exposure for the book and had my fingers crossed for a top-ten showing, but I didn’t know what to expect. The response from the primal/paleo/low carb community has exceeded my wildest dreams and is validation that we are all headed in the right direction.

Fellow bloggers, friends, and you, the Mark’s Daily Apple tribe, have collectively chipped in to push The Primal Blueprint to the top of all health-related categories in which The Primal Blueprint is listed, and to the #2 position of all books sold on Amazon.com. This is just astounding. To see a self-published book with grass-roots support go up against major publishers like Knopf and Penguin and see success is a testament to the growing popularity of the Primal movement and the power we have to effect change.

Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come – that Conventional Wisdom is beginning to crack and humankind will re-learn how to eat, move and live for their health and happiness. Many, many thanks to everyone for being part of this.

The Special Offer is Now Closed

Before we get to the results and updates I need to say that the special limited-time offer is closed. I’d love to continue to give away freebies to all book buyers, but in keeping with the contest rules and out of respect for all those that sent in their receipts on time I won’t be able to accept any receipts that I receive after 12 pm PST, March 18. With that said, The Primal Blueprint is still sitting at only $14.84, nearly $3 lower than the Amazon price prior to this event, so it’s still a great time to buy. A purchase now will help keep the PB at the top of the charts.

The Primal Blueprint Amazon #1 Project Results!

(click the image thumbnails to view the results)

#1 Bestseller in Weight Loss

Weight Loss Bestseller

#1 Bestseller in Exercise & Fitness

Exercise and Fitness Bestseller

#1 Bestseller in Weight Maintenance

Weight Maintanance Bestseller

#1 Bestseller in Health

Health, Mind & Body Bestseller

#2 Bestseller in All Books on Amazon.com

#2 Bestselling Book

We did our best to get to #1. At the end of the day Michael Lewis’s The Big Short proved too popular at the moment to push us over the final hurdle. It probably didn’t help, too, that Amazon both ran out of books (pushing the book ship date back by a week) and began restricting the max number of books allowed per customer to only 3. I’ll also add that my Amazon rep ordered what he thought would be enough to get to number one, if, in his wildest dreams, we somehow pulled it off and sold out that inventory. Well, we sold out at around 4 o’clock yesterday, so it appears that on any other “normal” day we might have done it. Nevertheless, a number 2 showing exceeded my expectations and I’m absolutely thrilled with the results.

Odds and Ends Updates

1. The Worker Bees and I are now going through hundreds upon hundreds of emails. If you’ve sent in a receipt but haven’t heard back just yet please be patient. We are working hard to respond to each one of you and guarantee that your freebies are on the way. We’re shooting to have every email answered by tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

2. If you are interested in The Primal Blueprint Poster or The Primal Blueprint Cookbook but didn’t take advantage of the 4 or 5 book offer don’t fret! The poster will officially go on sale on PrimalNutrition.com within the next week, and the cookbook is due out next quarter. Stay tuned!

3. I’m very much looking forward to the private Live Q&A Webcast held next week. I plan to make it worth your while and encourage everyone that has access to the event to participate. Show up, ask me your questions and we’ll have a lively discussion about all things Primal!

One final, big thanks to everyone. We’ll be back to usual business tomorrow. In the meantime let’s get out there and get Primal!

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Charlie Pharis
6 years 6 months ago

Does the Kindle version count?

Jedi
Jedi
6 years 6 months ago

does amazon.co.uk or amazon.co.fr count?

LV
LV
6 years 6 months ago

I’m in the UK and just ordered the book from amazon.com (ie the US site). Shipping is a little more than from amazon.co.uk but it’s not a massive difference in price overall.

Johno
6 years 6 months ago

I’m also in the UK. The books awesome & getting it through Amazon UK is great because you don’t get the high priced shipping charges. However I’d love to order a T-Shirt, but shipping costs to the UK cost more than the shirt!! Any chance of getting those on Amazon too?

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Patrik Rosenholm
6 years 6 months ago

Oh no… 🙁 I just bought my self a copy from a Swedish online bookstore. Sometimes shit happens… anyway love the work you are doing Mark.
Best wishes from Sweden.

Anne
Anne
6 years 6 months ago

I also bought it from amazon.co.uk an hour ago or so.. Hope it counts! (Crossing my fingers..)

rob
rob
6 years 6 months ago

I’m a tightwad but I just bought a copy due to all the great ideas I’ve gotten from this site. It changed the way I exercise and I am getting great results … 47 years old and I am leaving the young guys in my dust.

Schutrumpf
Schutrumpf
6 years 6 months ago

Where can we send our reciepts to? THANKS MARK!!

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Todd
6 years 6 months ago

I will be buying the book right now!

Mark, did you get my e-mail yesterday? It has to do with march madness and time is certainly running out…

Theresa
6 years 6 months ago

Awesome offer, Mark! Does this mean I need to buy another copy? LOL!

Underwaterer
Underwaterer
6 years 6 months ago

Getting my copy today. I can’t find it anywhere in stores around here.

The Big L
The Big L
6 years 6 months ago

Mar/editor/webmaster:

FYI there’s a typo/misuse in the first paragraph:

“…and I get The Primal Blueprint the sort of exposure it needs to affect real change.”

It should read:

“…and I get The Primal Blueprint the sort of exposure it needs to effect real change.”

(affect vs effect)

The Big L
The Big L
6 years 6 months ago

And I have a typo in the very first word of my last post — Mar vs Mark. 😀

Forgot to mention that this is a nice offer. I was holding off on buying the book, but I just might go for it now.

jacsuza
jacsuza
6 years 6 months ago

As of 6:35 in the morning (AZ/CA time) PB is #43 in health and on it’s way up!

Ronn
Ronn
6 years 6 months ago

Since you mentioned typos … you should have written “on its way up” without the apostrophe. “It’s” always means “it is”. The possessive form is simply “its”. Just like we wouldn’t write “our’s, your’s, etc.) I’m writing this in a bit of teasing mood, in case that didn’t come through! 🙂

Just ordered the book … looking forward to a great read!

Miko
Miko
6 years 6 months ago

I’m in Germany, the book is also available at amazon.de, would buying there also qualify for the gifts?

April
April
6 years 6 months ago

Hi Mark- there were only the hardcover editions available on Amazon (guess the paperback sold out already!)- I assume this still counts? It’s also about a dollar cheaper too on Amazon… thanks!

Saro Jane
Saro Jane
6 years 6 months ago

I have the book, but I just ordered another one to be a loaner copy. Definitely want to see the book (and your message) climb above all the other diet & fitness books on Amazon. Thanks for the great offer and the great stuff you share here everyday.

Also picked up a second copy of The Vegetarian Myth while I was on Amazon.com (can’t get it on Amazon.ca). Both books will be loaned out lots to my family and friends. (And to support Lierre Kieth after the idiotic cayenne pie incident!)

aboutsaffron
6 years 6 months ago

Mark – that’s a beautiful article over at Zen Habits. Your writing is so thoughtful, & your philosophies so aligned with my own. Thank you so, so much for all the work you do.

jamiebelle
jamiebelle
6 years 6 months ago

I’m admittedly disappointed. I’ve been waiting for the recipe preview for three weeks since you last mentioned it. Now I have to pay $25 for a book I already own in order to see it?

I’m generally NOT critical at all of this website or the information. In fact, I love the book, love being primal, etc. etc. But this sucks.

jamiebelle
jamiebelle
6 years 6 months ago

And I quote from March 3 blog: “You’ll have an opportunity to get a free, digital preview of the book, including 5 of the most mouth-watering Primal recipes, on March 17 (and March 17 only), so check back.”

FREE is not the same as BUY THE BOOK AGAIN

Aaron Blaisdell
6 years 6 months ago

It was clear in his original email (as in this one) that the “free” gifts were for purchasing the book, with different freebies available depending on the quantity of books ordered. Mare was straight up front about this the whole time. I just now bought 5 copies (already one one) which I plan to dole out as excellent gifts to needy individuals over the next year or so.

SJ
SJ
6 years 6 months ago

Jamiebelle, read #1 of the fine print. He just needs your receipts, even if purchased earlier.

John
John
6 years 6 months ago

Already bought it off Barnes & Noble’s website – D’oh! Might just have to buy another copy off Amazon for friends/family/etc.

lbd
lbd
6 years 6 months ago

I bought 5! Two will be donated to my high school library for my students and three will be given to friends (and the poster will be hung in my room at school). I already have my own copy and am looking forward to the recipe book!

jamiebelle
jamiebelle
6 years 6 months ago

I get it, I get it. I bought the book 9 months ago and have been following it like a religion. 😉 But I don’t have the receipt.

It’s fine. I just don’t think the original statement was very clear and I would imagine I’m not the only one who was waiting for an actual FREE preview. But I guess the adage “no free lunch” is true.

Still plan on buying the recipe book whenever it becomes available.

FoodBully
FoodBully
6 years 6 months ago

If you ordered from Amazon, you can go to the “My Account” section and get an invoice for your past orders. Simply copy and paste into an email. That’s what I did.

shastagirl
shastagirl
6 years 6 months ago

aw i just ordered my primal blueprint book from amazon.com around 10 days ago. jumped the gun!

shastagirl
shastagirl
6 years 6 months ago

oh wait i just read the section at the bottom. im the worst skim reader ever!

shastagirl
shastagirl
6 years 6 months ago

sent xD

Wisconsin Tom
Wisconsin Tom
6 years 6 months ago

I first learned of Primal Blueprint through CrossFit305 in Miami. Bought a copy of the book, read it, and changed my diet and exercise routines. 70 days into it and very happy with results. Will purchase five more copies today and gift them to friends.
Don’t you wonder about the long term buy-in of Conventional Wisdom proponents?

DajM
DajM
6 years 6 months ago

Should have included the kindle version in this. You’re discounting a huge portion of Amazon shoppers. Get with the times. You’re blowing it.

Ben
Ben
6 years 6 months ago

Rude.

Brian
Brian
6 years 6 months ago

Yours and Gary Taubes’ book have been on my wishlist forever. This was the impetus I needed to finally buy them both. Thanks!

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Krys
6 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the freebies Mark! Just ordered my copy, been meaning to do it forever! Looking forward to the cookbook.

Todd
6 years 6 months ago

How do we know if we sent the receipt in our e-mail correctly? I sent the e-mail with a link to the receipt a few hours ago but since it is my amazon account will you be able to see the receipt?

Betsy
Betsy
6 years 6 months ago

I just emailed my receipt. Thanks for the freebies. Can’t wait for the book!

Timothy
6 years 6 months ago

I know from my own experience that the Primal Blueprint has the potential to transform families and save countless lives.

To advance a cause like this at a critical time is an honor and even a charitable opportunity. My 5-book order isn’t much, but it’s a start. And I simply can’t wait for that cookbook!

Betsy
Betsy
6 years 6 months ago

Keep us posted as to where you are at through out the day!

Keefe
Keefe
6 years 6 months ago

What if we ordered it from your site around 8 to 9 months agao? would you have a copy of the purchas records by name or email? and if so yould we qualify. I deleted the recept email once the book was recieved.

Scott L
Scott L
6 years 6 months ago

I am in the same boat bought it for Christmas for a gift but I deleted the receipt also.

Chris
Chris
6 years 6 months ago

Hey Mark.. Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Fernando
Fernando
6 years 6 months ago

Just bought my copy…I hope the PB will get to the #1 spot today.

Kelda
6 years 6 months ago

When will the cook book and the other bits that you trailed in the post a few weeks back be coming out Mark? Good luck with the .com, from .co.uk I’m not much help but I’ve been spreading the word like crazy!

Sasha
Sasha
6 years 6 months ago

I guess this is my punishment for buying it over the weekend 🙁

Michael
Michael
6 years 6 months ago

Dang! Just bought at the bookstore yesterday! Oh, well. Maybe I’ll just buy some more and pass them out.

tee
tee
6 years 6 months ago

Just bought mine. Your at #9 now with a bullet.

Keefe
Keefe
6 years 6 months ago

Michael Lewis here we come…

Angie
Angie
6 years 6 months ago

just sent my receipt and told my friend to day is the day to buy your book. hope he does. 🙂

Jolly
Jolly
6 years 6 months ago

Just bought 4 more from Amazon – that makes 5! 🙂

JT
JT
6 years 6 months ago

I purchased a 2nd copy of PB to loan to friends and picked up The Vegetarian Myth while I was on Amazon.com to support Lierre Kieth. Plus I qualified for free S&H by doing this. Thanks Mark!

Danielht
Danielht
6 years 6 months ago
Mark – you have the most honest business I have ever seen. You do something you truly believe in, and empower people with the knowledge to follow in your primal footsteps. You do this by providing the essencial information in your book and website, and stay away from pushing your supplemens on us. This fact gives you lots of credibility. I am sure a lot of your regular readers will buy the book today out of their gratitude for you. And some will do it to get the word out about the primal lifestyle. I will buy a couple copies… Read more »
Duncan
Duncan
6 years 6 months ago

I for one did buy out of gratitude – there is so much good information on the site, and I have benefited so much from the free stuff, I would have been an ingrate not to buy today. Here’s hoping you hit #!.

TriCiCi
TriCiCi
6 years 6 months ago

Will the Kindle edition count?

pecanmike
6 years 6 months ago

Had one but went to Amazon and sent one to my father in law.

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