The Associated Press

Strong Sales For Rolling Stone Bomb Suspect Cover

The August issue of Rolling Stone. (Wenner Media/AP)

The August issue of Rolling Stone. (Wenner Media/AP)

BOSTON — The issue of Rolling Stone magazine with Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover has sold nearly twice as many copies as an average issue.

That’s according to Adweek, which says people bought more than 13,000 copies of the issue at more than 1,400 retailers from July 19 to July 29. That’s more than double the magazine’s average sales for previous years.

Retailers including Stop & Shop, CVS, Walgreens and others said they would not sell the issue after a public outcry over the cover, which critics said glamorized Tsarnaev. The 19-year-old has pleaded not guilty in the bombing.

Rolling Stone says the story was part of its “longstanding commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.”

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  • J__o__h__n

    Good, I love it when censoring boycotts fail. What a shock, the overly sensitives’ outrage created publicity which boosted sales.

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  • wareinparis

    People outraged over that cover had the option not to buy the magazine. Subscribers can cancel and express their displeasure. When the cover became a big news story sales were bound to increase dramatically.

  • Michael

    This is what everyone should do with a copy of the ROLLING STONE “Bomber” issue:

    I thought what this guy did with Rolling Stone Magazine Bomber issue was pretty funny! check it out!

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