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“Go Set A Watchman” Creating Book Selling Records

July 16, 2015

A nation turns attention to a book.  And I smile.

James and I pre-ordered Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee and found the box on our stoop Wednesday.  We were among a flood of people who wanted to have a copy to read and ponder about with so many others who are also trying to place this all in context.    Yesterday there was a newspaper story about how teachers will have to add more angles to their discussion in literature classes after reading the famed To Kill A Mockingbird.

But for now book sales are setting records

Barnes & Noble revealed that the title surpassed first day sales of all other adult trade fiction books in the company’s history beating out Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, the previous first day bestseller, which came out in 2009. In addition, the retailer revealed that Lee’s first book, To Kill a Mockingbird, is currently the No. 2 bestselling book. The retailer is expecting the new book to be the best seller of the year.

In Britain Go Set a Watchman sold more than 105,000 copies in its first day on sale.

The title is currently No. 1o on Amazon’s bestsellers list, along with the iBooks bestsellers list. Amazon earlier reported that the novel has been the No. 1 Print pre-order of 2015 for Amazon ever since it went up on the site.

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