“The Mueller Report” is now officially a best-seller, two times over.
A published edition of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged ties between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign sold just under 42,000 copies last week, NPD BookScan reported Wednesday.
Jointly edited by Scribner and The Washington Post, it sold more than any nonfiction book on the BookScan list, which tracks direct store sales and reflects around 85% of the print market. The Scribner-Washington Post, released as a paperback this week and as a digital version last week, lands at No. 3 on this week’s USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books List, which includes combined sales of digital and print. An additional version, from Skyhorse Publishing, that includes an introduction by attorney and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz lands at No. 15.
Like such previous government documents as the Starr Report and the 9-11 Commission analysis, the Mueller Report was so highly anticipated that it become a popular book even though anyone can read it for free. The Scribner and Skyhorse books each offer additional material, such as introductory comments. Melville House is selling the report “as is,” wanting readers to encounter it “without someone digesting it for them.”
"The Mueller Report" by the Washington Post. (Photo: Scribner)
Pre-orders for Skyhorse and another rival edition, Melville House, have placed them high at times on Amazon.com’s best-seller list, but they so far have much lower numbers on BookScan, likely because they took longer to reach stores.
Publishers have hurried to prepare bound editions of the report since it was made public two weeks ago. Wednesday’s testimony by Attorney General William Barr, who faced sharp questions from Senate Democrats over whether he spun the report in Trump’s favor, helped raise the Scribner book to No. 1 on Amazon. .
Contributing: Mary Cadden
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