Record sales for George R.R. Martin's 'A Dance With Dragons'
By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY
George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons, book five in his epic "A Song of Ice and Fire' series, had the highest single and first-day sales of any new fiction title published this year: 298,000 copies in print, digital, and audio formats, publisher Random House announced today.
On Tuesday, sales of 170,000 hardcovers (26% of the 650,000 pre-publication printings); 110,000 e-books; and 18,000 audio books were reported sold.
Gina Centrello, President and Publisher of The Random House Publishing Group, whose Bantam Books imprint publishes Martin's books, said in a press release that the first-day sales were "astonishing, wildly exceeding our retailers' most optimistic expectations. With George's outstanding print edition sales, his readers are clearly indicating they want to place this new hardcover on their bookshelves alongside his earlier volumes, and our booksellers are absolutely delighted about it. These numbers attest both to the enormous demand from George's devoted fans, and also to the tens of thousands of new readers who now are devouring his books because they loved the 'Game of Thrones' HBO series."
This year, print runs for hardcover, trade and mass-market copies of Martin's four previous volumes in his series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows totaled more than four million copies. There are 8.5 million copies in print and digital overall.