On Saturday alone Harry Potter sold 5 times as many books as Hillary’s entire first run.
Barnes & Noble sold 40,000 copies of Hillary’s book the first day. Harry Potter, well…
“We expected to sell 1 million copies in the first week and we sold that many within the first 48 hours,” Barnes & Noble CEO Steve Riggio said Sunday as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (search) set records around the world in its first weekend.
Nobody in the industry had seen anything like it, at least since Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (search), which came out three years ago. Scholastic, the book’s U.S. publisher, estimated 5 million copies were sold the first day alone, well ahead of the pace of Goblet of Fire.