Print sales fell 2.9% in mid-August
Print book unit sales fell 2.9% in the week ended August 13, 2022, compared to the comparable week a year ago, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The sales trend for the week was very similar to the previous week – a slight decline, with higher sales of adult fiction and young adult titles offset by lower sales of adult non-fiction and youth . The 7.5% drop in adult non-fiction sales came despite a strong first week for I’m glad my mother died by Jennette McCurdy, which sold over 41,000 copies, placing it at the top of the category list. During the week ended August 14, 2021, Aamerican marxism by Mark Levine was No. 1, selling approximately 43,000 copies. The highest title a year ago was Woke, Inc. by Vivek Ramaswamy, which sold over 21,000 copies. Colleen Hoover managed to place seven books in the top 10 adult fiction bestsellers, helping to boost category sales by 13.2%. It ends with us was #1, selling over 89,000 copies, and his seven books sold around 320,000 copies in total. Sales of children’s fiction increased by 1.5% over the week. For the second consecutive week, Long live the pumpkin queen by Shea Ernshaw was the top title in the category, with more than 22,000 copies sold. It’s not summer without you was #2, selling over 13,000 copies, and was the highest ranked of Jenny Han’s four books on the category list. Sales of children’s non-fiction saw the largest decline of the major categories, down 15%, with declines in each of its subcategories.
A version of this article originally appeared in the 08/22/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the headline: Print sales fell 2.9% in mid-August