Big gains in sales of adult and young adult titles pushed unit sales of printed books up 24.3% in the week ending April 24, 2021, compared to the comparable week in 2020 in points of sale that fall under NPD BookScan. Around the same time last year, sales were starting to recover from the early declines of the pandemic and were almost flat compared to the comparable week of 2019. Unit sales last week were around 13.5 million and d ‘approximately 11.1 million in each of the previous two years.
In adult non-fiction, all subcategories except humor and crafts / hobbies / antiques / games saw increased sales in the week ending April 25 2020, driven by sales of travel books, where units soared almost 348% after crashing the last time. spring. Five of the category’s top 10 sellers were released last week, with World travel by the late Anthony Bourdain and his longtime collaborator Laurie Woolever found themselves in first place, selling over 50,000 copies. that of George Bush Among many, one was in fourth place, selling nearly 28,000 copies, followed by Cook this book by Molly Baz, which sold around 22,000 copies.
Sales of adult fiction had a good week, with printing units up 33% from 2020. David Baldacci’s A game man was No. 1 in its first week on sale, selling over 44,000 copies. The graphic novel category had a terrific week, with unit sales surging nearly 360% from the comparable week in 2020. Love sickness by Junji Ito was the best-selling new graphic novel released last week, selling around 8,500 copies.
Sales more than doubled in the young adult drama segment without enjoying huge new success. The release of the commercial paperback edition of Lost by James Patterson and James O. Born sold almost 8,000 copies in its first week of sales, placing it at number four on the category’s bestseller list. that of Adam Silvera They both die in the end remained No. 1, selling over 13,000 copies.
Last year’s high-flying juvenile non-fiction segment continued to struggle with difficult comparisons to last year. Units were down 24.4% from a similar week in 2020 as several sub-segments saw sharp declines. At the end of April, units in the segment were only 0.3% ahead of the comparable 2020 period.