The world is just wild about Harry — at least judging from book sales. “Spare,” the newly released tell-all tome by Prince Harry, is surging in popularity. The book is ranked the top seller on Amazon
and Barnes & Noble. And it is the fastest-selling nonfiction book in U.K. history, according to numerous press reports, which indicate that 400,000 copies across numerous formats (print, e-book and audio) were snapped up on the day of release.
As for the official U.S. figures, we’ll have to wait till next week, said NPD BookScan, the leading tracker of book sales in this country. Still, it’s hard to ignore the numbers we’re already seeing. “We always knew this book would fly but it is exceeding even our most bullish expectations,” said Transworld Penguin Random House Managing Director Larry Finlay in a statement. Transworld is the British publisher behind “Spare”; Random House is the U.S. publisher. The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. Prince Harry — the Duke of Sussex and second-born child of Charles and Diana — and his wife Meghan Markle are two of the most-watched members of the royal family, especially since the couple announced their decision to step down from their royal duties in 2020. And there’s been a headline-grabbing buildup to the release of “Spare,” including the Netflix documentary series “Harry & Meghan,” which itself became a ratings sensation. Harry has also done a number of high-profile interviews, including one on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired this past Sunday. In both the book and in interviews, Harry has detailed a number of challenges he has faced in his life as a royal, from coping with his mother’s death in a car accident when he was 12 to having a physical confron …