Clinton signed over a thousand copies of the book, “Living History,” at a promotional event at a Barnes & Noble store in midtown Manhattan Monday, the first day the book was on sale.
The company said the former first lady’s White House memoirs sold more than 40,000 copies in the first 24 hours it was available, instantly making it an in-house best seller.
Publisher Simon & Schuster estimated first-day retail sales nationwide at 200,000.
Simon & Schuster paid $8 million for the book, ordering a 1 million copies for the first print run.
Spokeswoman Victoria Meyer said Tuesday that they will produce another 300,000 books on top of that figure in response to demand.
Frankly, I’m baffled that that many people would pay to read this book especially since, like bad movies, the “good parts” are already out in the previews. I remain a bit skeptical of these figures and am wondering if these are actual purchases by end users or simply orders by bookstores and wholesalers. The latter are returnable for full credit.
(Hat tip: The American Mind)