Print book sales fell 3.9% last week

With the adult non-fiction category posting a 10.2% decline in sales, total unit sales of print books fell 3.9% last week compared to the week ended February 6, 2021, in points of sale that fall under NPD BookScan.

The top two titles on the non-fiction bestseller list remained the same as the previous week, with Red Handed: How America’s Elites Get Rich Helping China Win by Peter Schweizer #1, which sold over 37,000 copies, followed by James Clear’s Atomic Habits, which sold approximately 31,000 copies. The best start was Collective illusions by Todd Rose, which sold over 11,000 copies in its first week, placing it in seventh place on the category list.

Sales of children’s fiction fell by 5.7% despite another good week for Little Blue Truck’s Valentine’s Day by Alice Schertle, which sold just over 47,000 copies. Goodbye Stacey, goodbyeby Ann M. Martin, sold over 24,000 copies in its first week on sale, placing it in third place on the category list.

As has been the case so far in 2022, adult fiction was a bright spot, with sales up 11.4%. The chainsaw man, volume 9 by Tatsuki Fujimoto managed to knock Colleen Hoover off the top spot on the category list, selling over 34,000 copies in its first week on sale. Another new graphic novel published by Viz Media held the third spot as Jujutsu Kaisen, volume 14 by Greg Akutami has sold over 28,000 copies.

Sales of young adult fiction rose 14.6% during the week, helped by the release of To research by Tracy Wolff, which was number 1 on the category’s bestseller list, selling over 16,000 copies.