Clinton’s Book-Sales Plunged Second Week — Still Top-Selling

 Hillary Rodham Clinton on June 19, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton on June 19, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Hillary Clinton’s book sales dropped 44 percent in its second week on the stands, plummeting even as she plowed ahead in a cross-country tour to hawk the volume “Hard Choices.”

The former secretary of state sold 48,000 copies of the book from June 16 to June 22, according to Neilsen Bookscan data released this morning. In the first week, Clinton sold 86,000 copies, Neilsen data showed.

Even with the sales drop-off, Clinton’s book remained the top-selling volume last week, with sales reaching 134,000. That puts her on par with sales of another new book by a lesser-known potential 2016 presidential candidate: Maryland’s Ben Carson.

Carson’s volume, “One Nation: What We Can All Do,” was published about a month earlier than Clinton’s and has sold 138,000 copies, Neilsen data show.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, is a critic of President Barack Obama’s health care plan and placed third in a straw poll of possible presidential contenders taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.

Neilsen tracks sales of print editions — it doesn’t capture electronic downloads. The New York-based service estimates that it captures about 85 percent of hard copy book sales.

 

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