Hillary Clinton has just come out with her new book, Hard Choices. However, it appears that not many people are rushing to buy it.

Via New York Post:


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The 656-page book – in which Clinton writes about her tenure as secretary of state under President Obama – has sold only 60,000 hardcover copies and 24,000 e-books in its first week, a source told The Weekly Standard.

This brings the initial sale total to about 86,000 copies.

Despite being at the peak of the Barnes & Noble best-seller list within that week, Clinton’s memoir has not done as well as her previous volume, Living History, which sold 1 million copies in its first month. Indeed, the sale numbers for Hard Choices do not quite meet the expectations of the publishers.

Via New York Post:

The book’s publisher, Simon and Schuster, was “hoping and praying” that 150,000 print copies had been sold in the first week, the source told the magazine.

“Between us, they are nervous at S&S,” the source said. “It’s a bomb, but it will be interesting to see how they spin it.”

An interesting point to observe is that Hard Choices did not reach the height in sales that Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue did when launched in 2009. Palin’s book sold approximately 496,000 copies in its first week – nearly half a million copies in one week, as noted by the Washington Examiner.


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Clinton fans are not the only ones who await with baited breath to see how favorable the book will be in the eyes of the New York Times best-sellers list this week. Critics, too, are curious to see how well the book will fare.

Since there has not been a clear connection between sales, popularity and time frame, it will be interesting to see the Hard Choices sales beyond the first week. Will they begin to soar? Only time will tell.


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