Simon & Schuster must have major sales projected for Bob Woodward’s book on the Trump White House. They printed 1 million copies of the veteran journalist’s book even before its release on Tuesday. CNN reported that they are responding to the growing demand for the book.
The publisher told the network that it has ordered additional copies of “Fear: Trump in the White House” before it will hit shelves and come out in e-book form.
“We have reprinted six times for a total of seven to meet extraordinary demand — that will put one million books in print before we’ve even gone on sale,” a Simon & Schuster spokesperson said.
Woodward’s book has stolen the spotlight with numerous headlines since last Tuesday. That’s when the first excerpts were published from the former Watergate reporter and current Washington Post associate editor.
The book has specific allegations of high-ranking staff members who have questioned the president’s competence. It also gives details about how White House officials have tried to circumvent some of Trump’s decisions.
Woodward’s recent work quickly took the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com’s list of best-selling books after the first excerpts went public.
The president has lashed out at Woodward calling him a “liar,” and suggesting that he is working as a Democratic operative. Trump labeled the book as “fiction.”
The White House has followed suit and continued its attacks on Woodward during Monday’s press briefing, calling the writer “reckless” and saying that multiple officials named in the book have refuted quotes attributed to them.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t rule out a lawsuit against Woodward.
Woodward has defending his writing despite the White House’s response. He said on Sunday that chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis are “not telling the truth” in their denials.
Woodward’s book is based on hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The veteran reporter has written a series of tell-all Washington books about previous administrations, a number of which have become best-sellers.
Simon & Schuster are banking on this being another one.