Adult Fiction Couldn’t Save Last Week’s Print Book Sales

With all categories except adult fiction declining, print book unit sales fell 5.2% in the week ending September 4, 2021, compared to the comparable week in 2020, in outlets that fall under NPD BookScan.

Sales of adult fiction increased by 11.2% during the week ended September 5, 2020. It ends with us by Colleen Hoover had another strong week, with sales of more than 25,000 copies, lifting it to the top spot on the category’s bestseller list for the first time since its release in 2016 thanks to the power of Tik Tok. The new book of The girl on the train author Paula Hawkins, A slow fire, was second on the list, selling just over 22,000 copies. A new collection of manga, Berserk: Deluxe Edition, Volume 8 by Kentaro Mira, was in fifth place, selling nearly 14,000 copies.

Children’s fiction unit sales were down 10.2% from a year ago, when Dav Pilkey Dog Man: filth and punishment sold nearly 240,000 copies in its first week on sale while another new release, Gale Gilligan’s Logan loves Mary Anne!, sold over 32,000 copies. Last week, Alice Schertle Halloween of the little blue truck was #1, selling over 15,000 copies. Spy school at sea by Stuart Gibbs was the best-selling new book in the category, selling nearly 14,000 copies.

Sales of young adult fiction, up 34.2% year-to-date, fell 2.2% in the week from a year ago, when copies of Stephenie Meyer Midnight Sun were still selling in large numbers (around 45,000 in the comparable week last year). Last week, Adam Silvera They both die in the end remained No. 1 in the category, selling nearly 13,000 copies.

Despite two new books placing second and third on the adult nonfiction bestseller list, sales in the segment fell 4.9%. Last year, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff Melanie and me sold over 50,000 copies in its first week on sale. Last week, Kim Laidlaw The Nightmare Before Christmas was No. 2, selling over 17,000 copies, and Craig Whitlock Afghan papers sold just under 17,000 copies. by Mark Levin American Marxism remained No. 1 in the category, selling over 21,000 copies.

Children’s fiction had another difficult week, with sales down 17.4%. In the first week of September, sales for the category are now down 7.6% from a year ago. But despite a rather weak summer of sales compared to 2020, total sales since the start of the year have increased by 12.8% compared to 2020.