Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ Runs Third in Print Debut Race
The past week and a half has been filled with J.K. Rowling news and here’s another piece to wet your appetite. Rowling’s new book The Casual Vacancy is not the biggest print debut of the year. Shock! Or not?
No Easy Day by Mark Owen, one of the Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Laden last year holds first position on the list. His book sold 274,000 physical copies.
In second place is E.L. James’ second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy Fifty Shades Darker. It sold 176,000 copies.
In third is J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy which sold 156,000 copies. In fourth and fifth place are Fifty Shades Freed and Fifty Shades of Grey with 147,000 and 136,000 books sold respectively.
If worldwide eBook numbers are added The Casual Vacancy has sold over 500,000 copies across eBook and physical platforms. The above numbers came from a Publisher’s Weekly article examining the success of physical books in the age of digital.
The problem with these numbers is that it does not seem to include pre-orders which makes this list strangely incomplete. I wonder if Rowling’s book would come out on top. After all the Fifty Shades books were all printed and sold at the same time leaving little room for pre-ordered copies. No Easy Day however would have had many pre-orders.