Print book unit sales fell 6.9% last week compared to the week ended May 8, 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Units fell in all major categories, including adult fiction, which is the only category to see an increase in sales through May 7, 2022.
No major blockbuster drove up sales a year ago. In fact, the #1 bestseller for the week ending May 8, 2021 was 21st Anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, which sold approximately 51,000 copies. The top seller last week was book lovers by Emily Henry, which sold over 67,000 copies. 22 seconds by Patterson and Paetro came in at number two last week, selling nearly 46,000 copies. Bill O’Reilly also released new books last week and at the same time a year ago, with this year Kill the killers, written with Martin Dugard, sold over 42,000 copies, down slightly from 46,000 copies kill the crowd sold last year in its first week on sale.
With Henry and Patterson taking first and second place on the adult fiction list last week, units still fell 2%. In adult non-fiction, unit sales fell 10.2%. To find me, the memoir of Viola Davis, remained at No. 1, selling nearly 44,000 copies. In addition to kill the killersother new titles to rank high on the adult non-fiction bestseller list were Reveal the revelation by Amir Tsarfati, which sold over 40,000 copies, and This won’t pass by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, which sold approximately 28,000 copies.
Young adult sales fell 13.5%. Favorite, #1 by Alice Oseman remained at No. 1, selling over 15,000 copies, not too far below Leigh Bardugo’s 21,000 copies shadow bone sold for a year, which puts it in first place on the category list. Both titles have benefited from streaming shows on Netflix based on the books. At Casey McQuiston I kissed Shara Wheeler sold over 12,000 copies in its first week on sale, the best-selling new release in the YA category.