Unit sales of books in the United States fell 6.6% in the first six months of 2022, compared to the same period in 2021.
Figures from NPD BookScan show print sales hit £362.6m, up from £386.6m a year ago, Weekly editors reported.
All major categories except adult fiction saw declines, with a sharp decline in adult non-fiction, where print sales fell 10.3%.
However, mid-2022 sales results were still around 15% higher than the first six months of 2019. The 6.6% decline is also a better result in the first quarter, which saw lower sales 8.9% compared to the first quarter of last year. , Weekly editors said.
Sales of general non-fiction prints fell 17.7% and those of biographies and memoirs fell 15.3%. Sales of children’s books also fell, dropping nearly 10% in non-fiction and nearly 8% in fiction. However, YA titles saw a more moderate decline in revenue, falling only 2.7% in fiction and 3.4% in non-fiction.
Meanwhile, adult fiction continues to sell well and grew nearly 5% in the first half of 2022. Romance titles and graphic novels are performing well, recording gains of 33% and 10.5% growth. increase respectively. BookTok favorites, including Colleen Hoover’s Truth and Reminders of him (Simon & Schuster) also boosted sales.