NEW YORK (AP) – No, the public is not tired of hearing about Prince Harry, sale for “extra” puts the Duke of Sussex in some rare company.
Penguin Random House announced Wednesday that first day sales for Harry’s tell-all memoir It topped 1.4 million copies, a record pace for non-fiction from the company that published Barack and Michelle Obama, whose “Becoming” needed one week to reach 1.4 million when it was released in 2018.
Sales figures for “Spare” include hardcover, audiobook, and e-book editions sold in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
“‘Spare’ is the story of someone we may have thought we already knew, but now we really get to understand Prince Harry from his words,” Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Group, said in a statement. Can.”
“Judging by these exceptional first day sales, readers clearly agree, ‘Spare’ is a book that demands to be read, and it is a book that we are proud to publish.”
One of the most highly anticipated memoirs in recent times, “Spare” is a highly personal and intimate account of Harry about his life in the royal family and his relationship with American actor Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
Michelle Obama’s memoir has since sold over 15 million copies worldwide, with sales holding up over time due to overwhelmingly favorable reviews. The verdict for “Spare” is mixed so far.
New York Times critic Alexandra Jacobs called the book, and its authors, “all over the map – emotionally as well as physically,” at times “candid and witty” and at other times consumed by Harry’s anger at the British press. Louis Baird at The Washington Post found “the spare”. “Good-natured, sarcastic, humorous, self-righteous, self-deprecating, long-winded. And every time, surprising.