A newly released biography about first lady Jill Biden is a major flop when it comes to sales, according to a new report.
The book, written by a pair of Associated Press journalists, explores Jill Biden’s life and decades-long journey to becoming first lady.
“In Jill: A Biography of the First Lady, authors Darlene Superville and Julie Pace chart the story of Jill meeting Joe (and making him propose five times!), becoming a mother to Beau, Hunter, and Ashley, going through three presidential elections, and breaking barriers with her decision to work outside the White House,” Vanity Fair noted in summarizing the book.
But the book has yet to garner much interest among readers, according to Politico.
Citing NPD BookScan, a company that tracks book sales, the outlet said the Jill Biden biography “sold just 250 units in its first week.”
That biography is not the only book about a member of the Biden family to flop.
NPD BookScan “said that prominent books about [former President Donald] Trump released in his first two years of office outsold Biden books during his first year and a half by, what an official there said was, ‘essentially 10:1,'” the outlet added.
Politico included information about book sales as part of a larger story framed around “the rise and fall of the star White House reporter.”
“During the age of Biden, a perch inside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room has become something altogether different” than what it was during the Trump administration, according to the outlet. “It’s become a bore.”
And audiences are taking far less interest in storylines involving the Biden administration than they did in ones involving the Trump administration, Politico reported.
“Some of those covering the most powerful office on the planet say that the storylines, while important, and substantive, can lack flair or be hard to get viewer attention,” Politico added.
“There is industry-wide acknowledgment that viewership is down. Television outlets have been quick to turn their attention to other stories and bolster other units. There is a sense that the main saga of American politics is taking place outside the confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and that the journalists covering it — Donald Trump and the future of democracy — may reap the career rewards.”