Barack Obama’s memoir off to fast start, edging wife Michelle’s sales

Barack Obama’s memoir off to fast start, edging wife Michelle’s sales


Former President Obama’s new memoir has a slight edge on former First Lady Michelle Obama when it comes to first-day book sales.

The 44th commander-in-chief’s memoir “A Promised Land,” released Tuesday, sold an astonishing 887,000 copies in its first 24 hours on the shelves.

The number tops the 725,000 copies sold of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2018 memoir “Becoming” within the first day of release.

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The sales accounted for pre-orders, e-books as well as audio in the US and Canada, publisher Penguin Random House said in a press release Wednesday.

“We are thrilled with the first day sales. They reflect the widespread excitement that readers have for President Obama’s highly anticipated and extraordinarily written book,” David Drake, publisher of Penguin Random House imprint Crown, said in a statement on the numbers.

“We’re seeing a strong performance across all channels but independent bookstores, in particular, are reporting unprecedented first day sales. They have been worried about their financial survival

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