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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Memoir Sells Only 644 Copies in First Three Days

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by Erica Thinesen
, 28 Sep 2011News

Seems like the controversy surrounding the release of Julian Assange’s memoir against his will did not help sales figures - the book sold just 644 copies in the first three days since its release.

The memoir of Assange, the founder of the whistle blower website Wikileaks, is based on conversations with the man himself during a 50-hour long interview. Assange answered a wide number of questions about his personal life, Wikileaks, and on the recent sexual harassment charges brought against him.

The book hit stores on last Thursday - the publishers were subsequently thrashed by Assangefor releasing the book without his permission. Needless to say, controversy and wide spread debate followed aftermath the release. However, according to a new report, all the controversy surrounding the book did little help to sell many copies.

Stats from book-sales monitor Nielsen BookScan announced that Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography sold just 644 copies in its first three days in shops.

“It was only the 50th bestselling hardback non-fiction book of the week, and only the 537th bestselling book overall, sitting directly behind Julia Donaldson's Freddie and the Fairy (Macmillan) and Sharon Kendrick's Satisfaction (Mills & Boon)," said charts editor Philip Stone, according to a report by the Guardian.

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