Obama Memoir Sells 1.7 Million Copies in First Week

Barack Obama's presidential memoir A Promised Land, sold 1,710,443 units in all formats and editions in the U.S. and Canada during its first week of publication, according to publisher Penguin Random House. The figure includes the earlier first day sales of 887,000 units.

The book looks positioned to be a record-breaker for PRH. When the memoir was released, on November 17, it was the single largest first-day sales for any book ever published by PRH and now has 4.3 million copies in print in North America, up from a first printing of 3.4 million copies. 

A Promised Land is also popular abroad. In the U.K. and Ireland, the book sold some 150,000 units across formats in its first five days of publication. It is currently the # 1 bestselling title.

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