Clinton's memoir tops non-fiction hardcover list, fourth overall
June 18th, 2014
03:00 PM ET
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Clinton's memoir tops non-fiction hardcover list, fourth overall

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton's frenetic book tour appears to have paid off: In its first week on the market, her memoir "Hard Choices" was the most purchased hardcover nonfiction book in the United States, according to Nielsen Bookscan data.

Booksellers who report to Nielsen – which makes up roughly 85% of all retail book sales – have sold approximately 86,000 physical copies of "Hard Choices" since June 10, according to the data provided to CNN by Nielsen.

The Nielsen numbers do not include tablet and e-book sales. On Tuesday, a source with Simon & Schuster, Clinton's publisher, told CNN that roughly 100,000 copies of "Hard Choices" were sold in the book's first week when you combine hardcover, e-book and preorders.

The figure also makes "Hard Choices" the second most purchased hardcover book in both nonfiction and fiction this week, according to a publishing source who provided CNN with the Nielsen data.

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"Written in My Own Heart's Blood," the latest installment of Diana Gabaldon's fictional Outlander series, narrowly outsold "Hard Choices" in hardcover sales, according to the numbers.

And when including hardcover and paperback titles, Clinton's memoir came in fourth, behind Gabaldon and two editions of "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, a book that was catapulted to the top spot by a recent movie under the same name.

"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,” Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement. “We're confident we have a major bestseller."

Karp added, “Hard Choices is on a trajectory to being the best-selling nonfiction book of the year."

Both Clinton supporters and critics will closely watch how the public receives "Hard Choices." Clinton has admitted that she is considering a run at the presidency and has appeared and sounded more like a candidate during her book tour.

If the book sells well, supporters will tout the number as a sign of the former first lady's support. If the book flops – or sells worse than Clinton's last memoir "Living History" – the former senator's critics are sure to use it as a sign of Clinton's waning support.

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"Living History," Clinton's 2003 memoir about her eight years as first lady, sold over one million copies, according to Nielsen data. There was no e-book market at the time, so all of Clinton's sales came from print purchases.

Barnes & Noble, the country's largest bookseller, told Buzzfeed on Monday that just over 24,000 copies were sold through the retailer.

When contacted by CNN, Mary Amicucci, a vice president at Barnes & Noble, said "Hard Choices remains the number one selling non-fiction book since it’s on sale date and we expect it continue to sell well through the summer," but she would not confirm the 24,000 figure.

Clinton's book first went on sale on June 10 and since then Clinton has crisscrossed the United States and Canada in an effort to sell her memoir and stay in the public eye.

So far, Clinton's book tour has held events in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Toronto and Boston. Clinton will hold two book events on Wednesday: one in Edmonton in Canada and another in Seattle. And in the coming week Clinton will appear in Los Angeles, Austin, Denver and San Francisco.

With a coordinated war room and surrogate operation, the tour has looked a lot like a campaign and has just heightened the talk around whether Clinton will run for president in 2016.

CNN’s Brianna Keilar contributed to this report.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Lily

    Good for her that she is selling many books. BUT, if she wants to join the 2016 battle for President, she has to be more careful talking in a negative way about Pres. Obama. Hillary, you can't win the Presidency by eliminating this important bloc, The blacks. Your husband Bill, is very aware of this Group. Please consult him first, before making any statement regarding the current President.

    June 18, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. yolanda

    @Lilly. Are you implying that all Blacks are Obama supporters because of his race? Wouldn't that be racist on their part? And isn't that somewhat (a lot) racist on your part to infer that Blacks support Obama because he is Black? Oh my goodness, we mustn't offend the entire Black race by saying anything negative about our President. Please stand back, I'm about to vomit.

    June 18, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Chris-E...al

    Yes but Elvis sold more albums and was a better actor . Dems will always give you the blues and the achy breaky heart ?

    June 18, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. CryBabies

    Give her a break.....she's "evolving".......new word used by the liberals to "back track" previous positions.

    June 18, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. ifiseeherfaceagainiamgoingtopuke

    Another Hillary story. Imagine that.

    June 18, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. guest

    why is this even a thing? Honestly?

    June 18, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Janet Nappylotto

    The book is definitely rocking the Fiction section. Might even get an award for Best Horror Story of the Year!

    June 18, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    yolanda

    @Lilly. Are you implying that all Blacks are Obama supporters because of his race? Wouldn't that be racist on their part? And isn't that somewhat (a lot) racist on your part to infer that Blacks support Obama because he is Black? Oh my goodness, we mustn't offend the entire Black race by saying anything negative about our President. Please stand back, I'm about to vomit.
    --------------------–
    If a politician running for office spoke badly of the most prominent Irish, Italian, or Jewish politician in the country, and support for that politician in those voter demographics began to drop, would you still be suggesting that those voters are racists?

    When Republicans speak harshly about immigrants, they see their polling numbers drop among East Asians. Have you been suggesting that they are racists, too? Hmm? How is this last scenario any different from Lily's post? Hmm?

    June 18, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Miguel

    They will get that $14M book advance back when my grandchildren start going to college if their lucky.

    June 18, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. sherry

    Hillary killed it on FOX last night.

    Apparently all the right wing nuts are flooding the FOX website complaining about the “softball” questions posed to her by Brett Baier and Greta Van Strusten!

    Which just proves how good she was even in the face of the relentless (and ridiculous) questioning about Benghazi!

    June 18, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @Chris-E...al
    Yes but Elvis sold more albums and was a better actor . Dems will always give you the blues and the achy breaky heart ?
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    Yes but Clinton has more wild false conspiracy theories told about her than Elvis did.

    June 18, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. John Olmohondro

    LIAR. The book is a flop! Hillary is going nowhere in a hurry! LMAO

    June 18, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    So Libya is upset that they weren't informed of the secret raid... Kind of like Pakistan was. Too funny.

    June 18, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    John Olmohondro
    LIAR. The book is a flop! Hillary is going nowhere in a hurry! LMAO
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    Mary Amicucci, a vice president at Barnes & Noble, said "Hard Choices remains the number one selling non-fiction book since it’s on sale date and we expect it continue to sell well through the summer"

    So you would be a product of conservative religious home schooling then.

    June 18, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    John Olmohondro
    LIAR. The book is a flop! Hillary is going nowhere in a hurry! LMAO
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    Oh dear. Someone doesn't like Hillary Clinton or her book is resorting to foot stamping temper tantrums.

    June 18, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Bingham

    Silence DoGood

    John Olmohondro
    LIAR. The book is a flop! Hillary is going nowhere in a hurry! LMAO
    -----
    Mary Amicucci, a vice president at Barnes & Noble, said "Hard Choices remains the number one selling non-fiction book since it’s on sale date and we expect it continue to sell well through the summer"

    So you would be a product of conservative religious home schooling then.

    +++++++++
    And that would make your a product of a single parent atheist home on food stamps with no college education?

    June 18, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. CryBabies

    SDG.....You're right...because it was Hillary Clinton that coined the phrase "right wing conspiracy" mto explain away all the problems that popped up against Bill during his Presidency. Everything was a "vast right-wing conspiracy" Meanwhile, in the Oval Office......................................

    June 18, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. yolanda

    @Rudy, nice try, but methinks you've been sipping your own Kool-Aid during working hours. I hope you didn't pull a muscle because that was some stretch in logic that you made with your logic.

    June 18, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Ol' Yeller

    @John Olmohondro

    LIAR. The book is a flop! Hillary is going nowhere in a hurry! LMAO

    Tyoical right wing bubble boy... John Olmohondro

    LIAR (no proof and contrary to all presented information, but a fact because I said so) The book is a flop! (no proof and contrary to all presented information, but a fact because I said so) Hillary is going nowhere in a hurry! (no proof and contrary to all presented information, but a fact because I said so) LMAO (look how hip and kewl I am)
    Rube.

    June 18, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Thomas

    What a way to pre campaign !

    Tax right off !

    June 18, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |