January 19th, 2018 By: Nora Rawlinson
The week’s best seller numbers confirm just how well Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is doing. Last week, it hit #1, quite a feat, considering it was released on a Friday, and thus lists reflected just two days of sales.
Again at #1 this week, BookScan figures, as reported by PW, show that it’s sold 220,000 copies through Jan 14. Compare that to the #1 fiction title, The Woman in the Window. BookScan reports it has sold over 36,000 copies, a respectable number, especially for a debut.
BookScan figures do not reflect the entire market, notably sales to libraries (see an analysis here, by the Independent Book Publishers Association), currently awaiting large orders to offset heavy holds queues.
Meanwhile, you may want to steer customers to the audio version, which has fewer holds. The Washington Post gives it a pointed recommendation, “Can’t find a print copy of ‘Fire and Fury?’ The audiobook delivers 12 hours of high-octane gossip.”
For your large print readers, Thorndike recently made this announcement:
GREAT NEWS! We just found out that Thorndike Press can help with holds! The large print edition of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is releasing in March so ALL your readers have access.
— Thorndike Press (@ThorndikePress) January 10, 2018
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