Jan 11, 2023 - Economy

Prince Harry's memoir is the U.K.'s fastest selling non-fiction book

 Prince Harry's memoir Spare is offered for sale at a Barnes & Noble store on January 10, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.

Prince Harry's memoir "Spare" is offered for sale on Jan. 10. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Prince Harry's new memoir, "Spare," became the fastest selling non-fiction book in United Kingdom history on its first day on sale, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: "We always knew this book would fly but it is exceeding even our most bullish expectations," said Larry Finlay, Transworld Penguin Random House's managing director, in a statement, per Reuters.

  • Since it came out, 400,000 copies of the book have been sold in hardback, e-book and audio formats, per Reuters.
  • "As far as we know, the only books to have sold more in their first day are those starring the other Harry [Potter]," Finlay said.

Zoom out: The memoir is part of a new media empire that Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are building around their lives, Axios' Hope King reports.

  • Excerpts of the book were mistakenly released early and contained details on private conversations among the Royal Family, AP reports.

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