Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has set a new record for the number of copies sold at US chain Barnes & Noble stores in one day.
The title, released globally on Tuesday (14th July) has surpassed B&N's previous first day sales record set by Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol in 2009, the company has said.
Go Set a Watchman is currently the bestselling book at B&N stores across the country, and has been since February when it was announced. In the same period sales of To Kill a Mockingbird have doubled and the book is currently in the number 2 position, the US bookseller said.
“Go Set a Watchman has proven to be one of the most exciting publishing events in our history,” said Mary Amicucci, vice president of adult trade and children’s books. “We could not be more pleased to see customers of all ages from across the country flocking to our stores to get their copy of Go Set a Watchman and wanting to be a part of this historic literary moment. We were also pleased with the resurgent sales of To Kill a Mockingbird, underscoring readers’ new-found interest in one of America’s most revered classics.”
The title is published by HarperCollins in the US.
In the UK, Go Set a Watchman racked up first-day sales of over 105,000 copies, across print and digital editions, according to publisher Penguin Random House. Meanwhile Waterstones' own sales for the title are approaching 30,000, m.d. James Daunt told The Bookseller.