May 17, 2017
Just one more thing about Ivanka Trump’s dumb book, we promise
by Simon Reichley
We have (improbably) written several times about Ivanka Trump’s Women Who Work. It is, by all accounts, a bad book, written by a bad person, whose family is destroying the country.
Now, and finally, in an act of unadulterated and unabashed schadenfreude, we would like to draw your attention to this delightful patch of shade: Women Who Work is bombing.
After a hot start, the book has dropped out of the Amazon top 100. According to BookScan numbers provided to the Huffington Post, the book sold 10,445 print copies in its first week of sales. This doesn’t take into account e-book sales, and leaves out a couple of sales channels, so the actual number of copies sold across all formats might be as high as 25,000 (a generous estimate). This is, to put it bluntly, sad. Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In—a truly OG piece of C-suite feminism—sold 74,176 print copies in its first week. Boo-yah!
As has been pointed out by Alex Shephard at the New Republic, Women Who Work needed to sell about 200,000 copies to earn out on its advance. That seems exceedingly unlikely at this point, which unfortunately means that Trump won’t have to give anything to charity. She can happily pocket her (approximately) $425,000 cut of the advance and continue Instagramming her whitebread family, living fat off the surplus value generated by an army of Chinese wage-slaves.
Simon Reichley is assistant to the publishers and office manager at Melville House.