Jan 12, 2023 - Things to Do

Metro Phoenix libraries don't have a "Spare" copy of Prince Harry's book

A stack of "Spare" books.

"Spare" on display at a bookstore in central London. Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

If you're hoping to borrow a copy of Prince Harry's new memoir from a Valley library — good luck!

State of play: The Duke of Sussex released his hotly anticipated tell-all, "Spare," on Tuesday and libraries across the Valley did not have enough books to keep up with the demand.

By the numbers: The Phoenix library system has 49 copies, with a current waitlist over 300.

  • Mesa has 80 holds on the book but only 25 copies to lend.
  • In Glendale, there are 53 people waiting on the library's eight copies.
  • Almost 150 people are waiting on Scottsdale's seven copies.
  • The Greater Phoenix Digital Library shows a wait time of "at least six months," with more about 1,400 people waiting for 24 ebooks.

The big picture: Prince Harry's book climbed to the top spot on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the U.S. and Britain following a "press frenzy" prompted by juicy leaks and pre-publication interviews, Axios' Hope King writes.

  • Random House is said to be printing 2.5 million hardcover copies for North America alone.

The bottom line: If you simply cannot wait to read the book, you're probably gonna have to buy it.

  • A hardcover copy is available on Amazon for $22, or $18 on Kindle.

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