Simon & Schuster Reports Week 1 Sales for John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened

NEW YORK, July 1 —Simon & Schuster announced today that John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir has sold a total of more than 780,000 through its first week on sale. The combined sales figure includes pre-orders, sales of print books, ebooks, and audiobooks in both compact disk and digital formats, as well as orders from consumers that are as yet unfulfilled due to extraordinary demand. The publisher has ordered an 11th printing of the book that when complete will bring the number of hardcover copies in print to a million.

Jonathan Karp, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Simon & Schuster, says, “John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened has been the subject of intense interest since its announcement, and it is selling in extraordinary numbers across all editions and across the entire country. We expect it to be at the top of the bestseller lists in The United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada, as well as in the United States. The public clearly is fascinated in what Bolton has to say in this election year, and we expect the curiosity to continue.”

The Room Where It Happened is already an international bestseller, #1 in the Sunday Times and #1 in the Toronto Star.  It is published by Simon & Schuster in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. Foreign rights have been sold in ten languages so far (foreign rights are held by Javelin).


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Julia Prosser
VP, Director of Publicity