When compared to the release of two big hits last year around the same time, unit sales of printed books fell 8% last week compared to the week ended August 8, 2020, at point of sale. that fall under NPD BookScan. The largest decline occurred in the category of fiction for young adults, in which, last year, the film by Stephenie Meyer Midnight Sun sold approximately 527,000 copies during its first week on sale. The best-selling YA fiction book last week was by Adam Silvera They both die in the end, which has sold over 16,000 copies.
Sales of non-fiction for adults fell 15.2% on the week, and again comparisons with last year were difficult. Sean hannity Live Free or Die sold around 184,000 copies in its first week on sale a year ago, while Caste Isabel Wilkerson sold around 78,000 copies in its first week. that of Mary Trump Too much and never enough still sold in large numbers, moving to over 97,000 copies.
American Marxism by Mark Levin remained No. 1 in non-fiction last week, selling over 57,000 copies. The truth about Covid-19 by Joseph Mercola, released in April, had a big week, with sales hitting 21,500 down from less than 2,000 the week before, placing it at number two on the adult fiction list. that of Alexander Vindman Here the truth matters was third on the category list, selling nearly 16,000 copies in its first week on sale.
Adult fiction continued to be the brightest spot in the industry. Sales increased 20.4%, led by Stephen King’s Billy Summers, which sold over 96,000 copies in its first week on sale. are was followed on the adult fiction list by three new graphic novels released by Viz Media: Jujutsu Kaisen, Vol. 11 by Gege Akutami sold nearly 32,000 copies, followed by Demon Slayer, Vol. 23 by Koyoharu Gotouge, and Chainsaw Man, Vol. 6 by Tatsuki Fujimoto, both of whom have sold nearly 28,000 copies.
Sales of children’s fiction stagnated over the week. Sales of children’s non-fiction saw another sharp decline, falling 21.5% from a year ago.