Gross sales of Political Books Are at an All-Time Excessive

Readers don’t seem to know much about Trump

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10.5 million: This is how many political books (printers and e-book forms) have been sold in the US in 2020 until September, according to the Wall Street Journal, based on information from NPD Bookscan, which oversees book sales. This compares with only 6.1 million political books sold here in 2019, and does not count the strong hardcover editions of the first volume of President Obama’s letters that will arrive on the shelves next month.

Sounds like a long timee Since the release of Michael Wolff’s blockbuster release of the 2018 President of Fire and Fury (which sold more than 4 million copies in the first year), but Americans on both sides of politics seem to have little interest in books about President Donald Trump. Critics and supporters are eager to serve them: The Journal reported that more than 1,000 names pertaining to Trump were published in the first three years of his administration, as opposed to more than 450 published titles of President Obama during the first three years of leadership.

The environmental and political crises of 2020 brought an unexpected blow to the printing industry. Sales of units on print books are 6% higher than last year, and sales of e-books and audiobooks have doubled. But as printing work grows at this uncertain time, readers seem to be buying more and more of their books online from Amazon, leaving those who sell their own books suffer.

Biden officials may need to be prepared to rescue bookstores.

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