Hillary Clinton’s new book sells more than 300,000 copies in first week
New York: Hillary Clintons new book “What Happened,” about her stunning loss in 2016 to Donald Trump, has sold more than 300,000 copies in its opening week. This figure, disclosed by the publisher Simon & Schuster, reflects combined sales in all formats of hardcover, e-book and audio.
According to sales figures from Nielsen BookScan, which tracks 85 percent of book sales in the United States (excluding digital and audio sales), Clinton has sold 167,000 hardcover copies of her book since it came out on September 12. The publisher has said that when you account for ebook and audiobook sales, Clinton’s sales numbers surpass 300,000 copies.
The book’s hardcover sales is also the highest opening for any nonfiction release in five years, according to Nielsen BookScan. Mark Owen’s “No Easy Day,” a 2012 memoir about the killing of Osama bin Laden, sold more than 250,000 copies in its first week.
Sales for “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.