Hundreds of Thousands of Copies of the U.S. Constitution Bought Since 2016


It looks like President Donald Trump is also making the US. Constitution great again, at least for book sellers as hundreds of thousands of copies of the nation’s governing document have been sold in the last 1,000 days.

This week marks the first one thousand days of the Trump administration since he assumed office on January 20, 2017. And according to Market Watch, sales of copies of the U.S. Constitution have skyrocketed.

NPD Bookscan has reported that sales of the Constitution have surged, especially in the last few months.

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The service notes that sales of the document have averaged 19,800 copies a month since Trump took office.

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That average is more than double the number of copies sold during Obama’s first term in office. Sales in 2009 were only 7,500 copies a month. The number is more than triple that during George W. Bush’s first year, too (5,600 copies).

“Current year-to-date sales are more than 50,000 units higher than at any point in the terms of both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and we still have more than two months left in 2019,” a spokesperson for NPD Bookscan said.

The numbers have surged recently, too.

But sales also spiked during certain times during the presidency. Sales surged during Trump’s inauguration, during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination process, and during the Charlottesville riots in 2016.

“On Amazon AMZN, +0.57%, a copy of the Constitution sells for $1 in paperback and $8.49 in hardback. Barnes & Noble’s Nook users can read a digital version for 99 cents,” Market Watch noted.

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