Prince Harry’s Memoir ‘Spare’ Smashes Publisher’s First-Day Sales Record with 1.4 Million Copies Sold

unprecedented memoir Spare is flying off shelves around the world, according to the publisher.

The Duke of Sussex’s book was released Tuesday globally, and Penguin Random House said that over 1.43 million units of the English-language edition were purchased on the first day it was available — smashing a sales record.

“Penguin Random House announced today the English language edition of SPARE, the memoir by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, sold more than 1,430,000 million units in all formats and editions in the United States, Canada and the UK on the first day of its publication, Tuesday, January 10, 2023,” the statement said.

“The first full day of sales of SPARE represents the largest first-day sales total for any nonfiction book ever published by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade publisher,” it added.

A view of Prince Harry's memoir 'Spare' on display at a bookshop in central London
A view of Prince Harry’s memoir ‘Spare’ on display at a bookshop in central London

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Penguin Random House is now revving back up the press to meet demand, following Spare‘s first U.S. printing of two million copies. Prince Harry’s sweeping story was published in 16 languages with all print and digital formats released simultaneously, and the royal reads the book’s unabridged audio edition.

The printer describes the 416-page text as a literary landmark: “For the first time, Prince Harry tells his own story, chronicling his journey with raw, unflinching honesty. A landmark publication, Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”

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