After a few of days of sources arguing over how many copies of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices were sold in its first week on shelves, the Nielsen BookScan number released this morning is 85,721.
Given that BookScan estimates its figures account for 85% of total sales of print books, Hard Choices likely moved about 100,000 hardcover copies in its first week of publication.
Publisher Simon & Schuster is not releasing any of its own sales figures for the title, sticking to a prepared statement by publisher Jonathan Karp. The statement reads: “Simon & Schuster is thrilled with Hard Choices' strong start right out of the gate, and the terrific feedback we're hearing from reviewers, retailers, and, most importantly, readers. We’re confident we have a major bestseller.”
Hard Choices was easily the #1 adult hardcover nonfiction bestseller in the week ended June 15, 2014, as second place One Nation by Ben Carson sold just under 27,000 copies. Hard Choices' e-book edition was #6 in Apple’s iBooks store this week, the thirteenth bestselling digital audiobook seller last week at iTunes.