US print book sales up 18.5% in first half of 2021

In the United States, unit sales of printed books increased by 18.5% in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2020, reports Weekly editors.

All major publishing categories except children’s non-fiction saw double-digit sales increases, while backlist titles grew 21.4% and top-list titles grew 12 .4%.

Adult fiction grew 30.7% year over year, with category bestseller Kristin Hannah the four winds (Macmillan), which has sold more than 558,000 copies since February. The success of adult fiction titles is partly driven by the strength of graphic novels, whose unit sales jumped 178.5% to 16.2 million copies sold. Graphic novels accounted for nearly 20% of adult fiction unit sales over the period.

Youth fiction grew by 48.8% over the period, with They both die in the end (Adam Silvera, S&S) the best-selling title with nearly 331,000 copies sold, largely thanks to its exposure on BookTok. Sales of children’s fiction increased by 17.8% over the same period, in addition to being the overall bestseller for the 10th book Dog Man by Dav Pilkey. Maternal heights (Scholastic), which sold 867,000 copies.

Adult nonfiction sales rose 15.6%, driven by increases in most subcategories, including self-help, business & economics, home & gardening, and general non-fiction. The best-selling title in the category was The hill we climb (Viking), the book version of the poem Amanda Gorman read during the inauguration of President Joe Biden, which has sold more than 455,000 copies.

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