Sales of the confessional book, ‘Beautiful Things,’ penned by President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, crashed after just one week.
Sales of the confessional book, Beautiful Things, penned by President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, crashed after just one week despite a relentless public relations push, positive media coverage, an early surge, and the author’s tour with a friendly press.
If the famous maxim ‘any press is good press’ applied to Hunter, his book should have been a tremendous success. Hunter talked about his book with prominent “news” outlets and late-night talk show hosts. The memoir received overall positive reviews from corporate media critics. Moreover, the Daily Mail published a report that brought the “laptop from hell” back to haunt Hunter, with revelations on how he squandered millions on his salacious and drug-addled lifestyle, a part of his life covered by his memoir.
However, Showbiz411 reported Friday that Beautiful Things turned out to be a “flop after one week,” adding:
NPD Book Scan says [in] the book … Hunter whines about being a drug addict who slept around and has no memory of fathering a child, has sold just 10,000 copies [emphasis added] in its first week. For a celebrity book with so much PR, TV appearances, etc, that’s not a lot.
On Amazon, Beautiful Things is ranked at number 130.
Nevertheless, an early surge of sales based on Biden’s appearance on CBS Sunday Morning puts Beautiful Things at number 4 on the New York Times Bestseller list that comes out today. But that will be short lived.
Upon the April 6 release, the memoir did make Amazon’s Top 15 Best-Sellers list after receiving generally positive reviews from various literary critics linked to Democrat-allied mainstream media outlets.
Newsweek noted on the day the book came out:
Biden’s memoir climbed quickly to the top of Amazon’s best sellers list upon its release. It held the 15th spot on the site’s overall literary ranking as of Tuesday morning. Beautiful Things also earned a position among Barnes and Noble’s Top 100 best selling books and was ranked 32nd on the day of its debut.