J.K. Rowling's New Novel Posts Huge Sales, No One Surprised
J.K. Rowling's new novel The Casual Vacancy has sold 375,000 copies in its first six days on the market.
Granted, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies in its first day. So not as good, but still not bad. Not bad at all.
Here's some more data, from The Hollywood Reporter:
The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy sold about three million copies its first month in print (it started as an eBook only).
No Easy Day, the memoir by a former SEAL about the killing of Osama Bin Laden, which had the biggest debut of the year to date, sold 254,000 copies according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tracks about three-quarters of all U.S. print book sales.
Rowling's book recorded 157,000 sales through Nielsen's tracking, suggesting print and eBooks are selling at about a 1:1 ratio.
Reviews have been mixed. The New York Times said that Rowling's real-world story was "so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd that The Casual Vacancy is not only disappointing — it’s dull." But the Wall Street Journal said that, after "events begin to unfurl, it becomes a positively propulsive read."
Have you read it yet? What do you think?
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