Can George R.R. Martin get any more popular? His latest novel set two benchmarks in its first day on sale reports Publishers Weekly:
George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in his landmark, #1 bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series, has achieved the highest single- and first-day sales of any new fiction title published this year in the U.S. and Canada: 298,000 copies in print, digital, and audio formats. Tuesday, July 12th, sales of 170,000 hardcovers (26% of the 650,000 pre-publication printings); 110,000 e-books; and 18,000 audio books were reported from the entire spectrum of national and local physical and online retailers across North America.
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]
George R.R. Martin and Anne Groell at the 1996 ABA convention. Photo by Andrew Porter. © Andrew I. Porter