Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ sold over 270,000 copies in the UK & US in its second week

For the haters, there’s still outright desperation to cling to any bad news about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, specifically about Prince Harry’s Spare. In its first week of sales, Spare sold over 3.2 million in only English-language copies, from hardcover to digital to audio. Spare broke all kinds of records. So what is happening after the initial promotional blitz and first-week record-breaking sales? Spare is still selling really well. According to those haters, the drop-off in sales has been “steep” because “the public has turned against Prince Harry.” I suppose people believe that if they don’t know the first thing about how big-name memoirs sell? Spare is still #1 on the NYT Bestseller (non-fiction) list. It’s still #1 on Publisher’s Weekly too. Publisher’s Weekly says that in the US, Spare sold 195,000 copies in its second week. The UK sales are even more notable:

Prince Harry’s Spare (Bantam) plummeted in sales in its second week on the shelves, falling 82% in volume week on week from its towering launch-week sales. However, at 82,538 copies sold, it was still far and away the Official UK Top 50 number one, with more than 70,000 copies between it and second-placed Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book (Ebury).

Of course, with Spare selling just under half a million copies in its first week, a swift drop was expected. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury), the fastest-selling book in history, shaved off over 1.2 million units in its second week on sale in summer 2007. Similarly, the fastest-selling Adult Fiction book of all time, Spare’s Transworld stablemate The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, dropped 68% in its second week on sale in 2009, shedding in excess of 375,000 copies. The effect will be even more pronounced with Spare—not only did the national news speak of little else during its launch week, but the pre-order market has sharpened considerably since the Noughties, boosting first-week sales even further.

At a whisker under 550,000 copies sold in total in the week and a half since publication it’ll be an uphill climb for any title hoping to leapfrog Spare to become the bestselling title of the year.

[From The Bookseller]

So, for the English-language version, the business model was a big promotional blitz with huge presales and first-week sales, then slow-burning word-of-mouth sales after the first week. Not to mention that this is all gravy – Penguin Random House already made back their investment in Harry in the first week.

Carla Bruni (the former First Lady of France) is a huge fan as well. I would love to see numbers on the non-English sales of Spare. I have a feeling that Spare is selling really well across Europe and South America. Maybe Asia too.

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  1. AlpineWitch says:

    I need to buy this too!! I’ll bump the sales in UK for the 3rd week 😉

  2. May Bench says:

    What a great comment by Carla Bruni. I feel the same way.

    • Chic says:

      Didn’t she post a racist trope of Meghan a month ago and quickly took it down?

      • Jan says:

        She sure did change her tune, after thrashing Meghan when the book was released. Most likely people remind that her husband spent a year in jail, and she was a Mike Jagger groupie.

    • Amy Bee says:

      More like a change of heart from Carla. She posted a photoshopped picture of Harry and Meghan with replaced by Yoko Ono last week.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Amy Bee, you are much too forgiving and optimistic with regards to Bruni than I am. I think she showed her true colors with that disgusting photoshop that she posted. Plus Bruni has a history of being not to kind to people.

    • The Old Chick says:

      She posted a horrible racist post with the face of Yoko. She’s nasty. Carla is a nobody racist. End of. I know my comments about her aren’t getting posted but I’ll keep them up, she’s horrible.

    • The Old Chick says:

      No one in their right mind gives Bruni a pass.. She’s a nasty racist, especially with the Yoko thing. I’m so shocked she’s given props

  3. Michael says:

    I love how the British Press/Royal Mouthpieces are doing all sorts of verbal twisting to try to make the sales seem like a failure. If William sold the exact same number then they would tout it as a historic success but since it is the enemy it has to be a failure.

    • dee(2) says:

      That Showbiz411 guy is such a hater, he did the same thing around Archetypes. Sales for everything go down after the initial release unless they run out of copies (Thinking Jordan releases). It’s not like a movie where you can go to see it multiple times, unless you want to get it in multiple formats, a book is something that you aren’t buying every week. It’s wild to me how much these people want Harry and Meghan to fail. They aren’t satisfied with just ignoring them, they need them destitute. It really speaks to the hatred in their hearts. I don’t understand how they don’t think it’s something really troubling about themselves.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Color me surprised that there is another hater with regards to Harry and Meghan….

        What is their goal? To get in good with the aristocracy of Britain, or the BRF??

  4. SJP-NYC says:

    Finished it up yesterday and really enjoyed it. I did feel he went pretty easy on his father especially during his childhood and some parts felt a little rushed especially at the end, but nicely done.

  5. Marisa says:

    Wait didn’t Carla Bruni just recently post a picture of Meghan and Harry with Yoko Ono’s face photoshopped onto Meghan? Then she deleted after backlash. I’m surprised to see her say something positive about Spare.

    • dee(2) says:

      I’m not, these people always have grace for Harry and none for Meghan. If Harry today said he was leaving Meghan and moving back to the UK, all these columnist and social media people that hate his guts would be compiling lists later today about “appropriate” women for him to date. They’re racist.

    • Jan says:

      Carla wanted attention and she got it, just not the kind she wanted.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      It’s Meghan they/derangers have issue with, not Harry. Notice it was Meghan’s image photoshopped as Yoko. She is fully supportive of the white prince.

  6. MsIam says:

    To be on the best seller list you have to sell 5000-10000 copies per week. So….yeah Harry is killing it!

    • Emily says:

      The sales have gone from record breaking to very good, most authors would be delighted with this level of sales. I am sure Harry and his publishers are very happy.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Emily, I am just giddy that Harry’s book is doing so well and shattering sales worldwide!! Harry has now cemented himself as a best selling author/writer and any projects of a second book, whether it be non fiction or fiction, will create a bidding war.

        Harry has again proven that people are still interested in hearing what he has to say. And lest we not forget the breaking records that he and Meghan smashed with Netflix as well. People will be lining up to sign them up for their contributions at a greater pace and level than before.

        As for the haters, they can all go suck on it!!

  7. Amy Bee says:

    I’m just enjoying the British press’ reaction to Harry’s book becoming a best seller. They still don’t want to accept that it is.

  8. Jais says:

    There were so many articles about how the publishers paid such a high advance and wouldn’t even make their money back. Um pretty sure they’ve already made their money back and then some.

    • Julia says:

      I remember reading he would have to sell 1.7 million copies for the publishers to break even. He did that in the first day! Good for Harry. Hope the book continues to give him royalties for years to come.

  9. Christine says:

    It’s almost as if the majority of people posting racist, hateful stuff about H&M are paid bots…

    • booboocita says:

      Honestly, I hope most of the vitriol is from bots. I’d hate to think that so much calumny and filth is being spewed by actual humans. This human adored Spare!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ booboocita, I too hope it’s bots as that level of hate and the disparage that is flung at Harry is upsetting. How can we as a society eliminate these vicious lies all due to some people who are actively trying to ruin someone’s life? All Harry wanted was to be happy and to protect his wife and children. Thankfully he has done that but I don’t see the haters scattering off into the darkness any time soon.

  10. RoyalBlue says:

    I have already listened to it on Audible (I listened to part 3 twice), I bought the kindle version, and I got the hard cover this weekend. What….too much?

  11. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I saw the comments of the derangers on social media and literally thought that they were letting the world know how clueless they are. Geez people, do the math. Their comments are truly about themselves and not H&M. People see you!!!!!