‘Fire and Fury’ sales exceed 1.7 million

NEW YORK — Michael Wolff’s ‘‘Fire and Fury’’ is well on its way to becoming one of the fastest-selling nonfiction books in recent years.

‘‘Fire and Fury’’ has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the combined formats of hardcover, e-books, and audio, publisher Henry Holt & Co. said Wednesday.

Published less than three weeks ago, Wolff’s tell-all about the Trump administration remains number one on and other lists.


NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of sales for physical books, said Wednesday that its numbers for ‘‘Fire and Fury’’ rose for the third straight week.

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The book sold more than 300,000 copies last week, according to BookScan, and more than 500,000 copies overall as retailers are finally catching up with demand.

John Sargent, CEO of Holt’s parent company MacMillan, has said that e-book sales for ‘‘Fire and Fury’’ exceed 250,000 copies and more than 100,000 have been sold in audio.

Nonfiction books rarely sell 1 million copies so quickly, with exceptions over the years including Bill Clinton’s ‘‘My Life’’ and Sarah Palin’s ‘‘Going Rogue,’’ both of which were million sellers after two weeks of publication. The standard for fiction, unlikely to be matched any time soon, is the final Harry Potter book, which sold more than 8 million copies in its first 24 hours.

associated press