Thursday, May 30, 2024

Barack Obama Memoirs “A Promised Land” Sells 890,000 Copies on First Day, Donald Trump Junior’s Book Sold 12,000 Copies Total


“A Promised Land,” the long awaited first volume of Barack Obama’s memoirs, sold 890,000 copies on Tuesday, its first full day available.

And get this: the 764 page tome retails for $45. This is no dime store novel. It’s number 1 in hardcover, on Kindle, and from audible books.

Penguin Random House says that’s an all time high for any book on one day in its combined 2,000 year history. The number 2 spot is held by Michelle Obama for her memoir, “Becoming.”

Meantime, Donald Trump Junior’s latest book has sold 12,000 copies according to Bookscan. It’s number 6,0002 on Junior is running contests to unload copies at a discount on his website.

Barack’s book should pass 1 million today or tomorrow at the latest. He and Michelle were paid $65 million jointly for their book advances. The deal was considered the biggest ever, but it will pay off handsomely for the company with paperback sales and other editions, ancillary rights and so on that will continue for years.

Trump Junior’s book, called “Liberal Privilege,” is available by the yard, from Kimberly Guilfoyle’s garage.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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