Several new releases helped increase unit sales of printed adult fiction books by 26.6% last week during the week ended October 10, 2020, at outlets under NPD BookScan’s control. Sales of young adult fiction increased by 26% and, coupled with the increase in sales of adult fiction, the overall increase in sales of fiction was enough to offset more declines in non-fiction, resulting in an overall increase. 2% of print sales last week compared to the same period in 2020..
Lincoln Highway Amor Towles was last year’s best-selling novel, with nearly 65,000 copies sold in its first week on sale. Two new graphic novels also performed well. The man with the chainsaw, volume 7 by Tatsuki Fujimoto and Jujustu Kaisen Volume 12 of Gege Akutomi sold around 25,000 and 20,000 copies, respectively, in their first week on sale. that of Jonathan Franzen crossroads sold over 23,000 copies in its first week, while Danielle Steel’s The butler sold nearly 22,000 copies. The increase in sales of young adult fiction was helped by the launch of Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco, who sold over 23,000 copies to make it number 1 on the category’s bestseller list.
The decline in adult non-fiction last week was relatively small, 1.9%. The appearance of six new titles among the Category’s Top 10 Sellers helped blunt last year’s strong debut of Modern comfort food by Ina Gartner and Humans by Brandon Stanton, which sold approximately 130,000 and 103,000 copies, respectively, in the same week last year. Topping last week’s category list was The narrator by Dave Grohl, which has sold over 62,000 copies. In the third to fifth places were Stephanie Grisham (I will answer your questions now, around 24,000 copies sold), Stanley Tucci (Taste) and David Jérémie (Where do we go from here?); the two Taste and Where do we go from here sold around 23,000 copies.
Unit sales in youth fiction fell 1.5% last week, with Halloween titles dominating the category’s bestseller list. Little blue truck halloween Alice Schertle was # 1 and sold over 23,000 copies.