300,000 of Pope's books selling out in few days, Ignatius Press reportsPope's books selling like hotcakes: U.S. publisher
Wed May 11, 2005 06:07 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI last month, has another new title: best selling author, his U.S. publisher said on Wednesday.
"It's just amazing the interest in the Pope's writings," said Mark Brumley, president of Ignatius Press, which has the U.S. rights to Benedict's writings.
"We're reprinted over 300,000 copies of his books and we've sold out in the first couple of days all the copies we had on hand," he said. "Almost all of those 300,000 copies we're reprinted are spoken for."
The non-profit San Francisco-based publisher started printing Ratzinger's works a quarter century ago in an effort to spread the works of leading European theologians.
When Ratzinger's fellow cardinals named him successor to Pope John Paul II, Ignatius Press experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for books by the incoming pontiff.