Prince Harry’s book Spare sells more copies than ever before. Sales of the English language edition of Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir “Spare” surpassed 1.4 million copies on its first release day, which is a record.
Penguin Random House announced Wednesday that the book had broken sales records in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in all mediums, including paper, audio, and electronic.
Spare’s first-day sales “mark the highest for any nonfiction book released by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade publisher,” the company stated.
Some London bookstores opened at midnight on Tuesday to meet the expected demand for Harry’s 410-page autobiography. Copies of the original Spanish language edition were leaked online days before, setting off a media frenzy worldwide.
However, the publisher confirmed that this information did not turn out to be spoilers for those waiting for the book to be released.
According to Random House, “more copies have gone back to press to accommodate demand” after the first US printing of Harry’s memoir sold out.
The unabridged audiobook has the prince’s narration, which the publisher billed as “raw, unflinching honesty.”
With the release of “Spare,” the book is now available in 16 different languages.
The Duke of Sussex doesn’t hold back much as he debunks the public’s notion of him as a carefree party prince by discussing the devastating effects of his mother’s death and his experimentation with drugs to cope with grief and his romantic difficulties.
Despite Harry’s past tirade against the media for privacy intrusions, it is sometimes scathing and hypercritical toward numerous family members, who are not defending themselves as the palace is not reacting to the charges.
Spare is the story of someone we may have believed we already knew. Still, we can genuinely understand Prince Harry via his own words, according to Gina Centrella, president, and publisher of the Random House Group. “Vulnerable and heartfelt, daring and intimate,” Centrella said.
For comparison’s sake, in 2020, Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House, sold a record-breaking 887,000 copies of Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land” on its opening day in the United States and Canada.