Print book sales fell 5% last week

Print book unit sales fell 5.3% last week compared to the comparable week of 2021 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. This is the smallest decline in about two months.

Once again, the adult non-fiction category struggled to keep pace with last year’s sales, with units down 9.3%. James Patterson by James Patterson, the prolific author’s memoir, was number 1 in the category, selling over 21,000 copies in its first week on sale. Yet another new book Scars and scratches by Tim Kennedy, landed in fourth place on the category list, selling just under 15,000 copies.

Adult fiction rebounded from a rare week of declines to post a 1.7% sales increase last week. Colleen Hoover It ends with us ousted The Chainsaw Man: Vol. 11 by Tatsuki Fujimoto for the top spot in the category list, with the titles selling 47,858 and 47,396 copies respectively. Hoover had five titles (from three different publishers) among the top 10 bestsellers in the category, with sales totaling approximately 140,000 copies.

Sales in the young adult fiction category were up 0.5% from 2021. The top seller was A Good Girl’s Killing Guide by Holly Jackson, which sold over 10,000 copies. The new top-ranked title was Forge money into stars by Brigid Kemmerer, which sold over 3,000 copies, placing it at #26 on the category list.

Sales of children’s fiction fell by 5.3% over the week. Oh, the places you will go! by Dr. Seuss was number one on the category list, selling over 25,000 copies, about the same number as the title sold a year ago. by Jonathan Graziano Noodle and the Boneless Day was the best-selling new release, selling over 14,000 copies.