Archive for Thursday, June 24, 2004

Clinton book breaks records on first day of sales

June 24, 2004


— He's no Harry Potter, but Bill Clinton is still a record breaker.

Clinton's "My Life" sold more than 400,000 copies in the United States on in its first day of release, the most ever for a nonfiction book and double the believed previous record holder, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Living History."

Bill Clinton's publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, announced an additional printing of 725,000 copies, bringing the total to 2.25 million.

"My Life" topped's best seller list in the United States, England, France and Japan.

The audio book, read by Clinton, sold 35,000 copies in the United States, also a first-day record. The large print edition of "My Life" has a first printing of 100,000, more than the regular print run for most books.

Still, the unchallenged king of book premieres remains "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," which sold an estimated 5 million copies on its opening day last year.

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