September 28, 2011
Despite acres of publicity and buckets of scandal, Julian Assange‘s unauthorised autobiography sold just 644 copies last week.
Created with Assange’s cooperation (according to its publisher Canongate the Wikileaks founder spent more than 50 hours being interviewed for it) but published against his wishes, the book went on sale last Thursday amid widespread coverage and serialisation in the Independent. But in spite of the controversy surrounding the claims and counterclaims flung by Assange and his publisher, figures from book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan reveal that Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography sold just 644 copies in its first three days in shops.
“It was only the 50th bestselling hardback non-fiction book of the week, and only the 537th bestselling book overall, sitting directly behind Julia Donaldson’s Freddie and the Fairy (Macmillan) and Sharon Kendrick’s Satisfaction (Mills & Boon), a £6.99 collection of three short stories featuring ‘three of her sexiest, most intense Greek heroes and glamorous heroines’,” said Philip Stone, charts editor at the Bookseller.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 5:39 am