The autobiography WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which was released without his approval last week, has not sold especially well in its first week.
The book titled, Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography, sold only 644 copies last week, according to The Guardian, citing the Nielsen BookScan.
Amid controversy that it was released without the consent of Assange, the book was the 50th best-selling hardback non-fiction for the week, and was the 537th bestselling book overall, according to the newspaper.
Assange claimed that the draft, which was based on 50 hours of interviews, was published without his consent. The publisher, Canongate Books, said Assange had tried to cancel his contract but three months ago but had not returned the $1 million he was paid for it. Canongate said the money was tied up in legal fees for lawyers fighting Assange’s extradition case.
“With 38 publishing houses around the world committed to releasing the book, Julian told us he wanted to cancel his contract” in June, Canongate said in a statement prior to the book’s release.
Canongate insisted that the book does an adequate job explaining Assange’s life and ideological stance.But Assange said the publisher is “about old-fashioned opportunism and duplicity” when it went ahead and released the memoir.