Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened” had a big debut and is on pace to reach one million copies sold into the holiday season.
Clinton’s book, about her stunning presidential election loss in 2016 to Donald Trump, sold more than 300,000 copies in the combined formats of hardcover, e-book and audio, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The book’s hardcover sales of 168,000 were the highest opening for any nonfiction release in five years, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of retail print sales.
Sales for Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened” far exceeded the first-week numbers of more than 100,000 copies for Clinton’s book about her years as secretary of state, “Hard Choices,” which came out in 2014 as she was preparing to launch her run for president. Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened” has been at or near the top of the Amazon.com best-seller list since its publication Sept. 12 despite a suspicious early wave of negative reader reviews, likely posted by commentators who had not read the book and later pulled by Amazon (AMZN) which is the books top seller.
On Oct. 1, Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened” will debut at No. 1 on The New York Times’ best-seller lists for hardcover and for combined e-book and hardcover. According to Simon & Schuster, the book set a company record for weekly digital audio sales and sold more e-book editions in a week than any nonfiction release from the publisher since Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs in 2011.
We want to know. Are you buying the book? Sales appear popular among democrats and republicans alike. Will it reach one million copies this year?