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Michelle Obama’s memoir sells more than 725,000 copies

Crown via AP

NEW YORK — First day sales for Michelle Obama’s ‘‘Becoming’’ topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts.

Crown Publishing told the Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady’s memoir in hardcover, audio, and e-books editions for the United States and Canada. ‘‘Becoming’’ was released on Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour. Crown also announced that it had raised the book’s print run from 1.8 million copies to 2.6 million. Reviews of the book, which traces Obama’s journey from Chicago’s South Side to the White House, have been positive.


‘‘Becoming’’ had the biggest opening of any book in 2018 by Crown’s parent company, Penguin Random House. But at least one other book this year, from Simon & Schuster, did start higher: Bob Woodward’s ‘‘Fear: Trump in the White House’’ sold around 900,000 copies after one day.

‘‘Becoming’’ is well exceeding the pace of previous memoirs by first ladies. In 2003, Hillary Clinton’s ‘‘Living History’’ had first week sales of around 600,000 copies, at a time when audio sales were tiny and e-book sales nonexistent.