Unit sales of printed books fell 3.6% in the week ended September 18, 2021, compared to the comparable week of 2020, according to NPD BookScan. Sales of adult non-fiction are down 11.2% from the week ended September 19, 2020. Last year, Bob Woodward’s Rage sold nearly 345,000 copies in its first week, while Blackout by Candace Owens has sold over 70,000 copies. Several new non-fiction titles had respectable sales, but not to the same level as last year. A shameless cookbook by Joshua Weissman was # 1 on the categories list, selling over 58,000 copies. Heather heying 21st Century Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide sold more than 17,000 copies, placing it in third place. Sales of non-fiction to children fell 12.1%, as interest in educational titles that could be used at home continued to cool. Sales of adult fiction jumped 16.6% from last year, driven by the release of three new titles. Apples never fall by Liane Moriarty was n ° 1 with more than 47,000 copies sold, followed by Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead and Enemy at the Gates (the latest in the Mitch Rapp series created by Vince Flynn and now written by Kyle Mills), which sold 29,000 and 28,000 copies, respectively. YA sales increased 16.8% with the backlist leading the gain. They both die at the end Adam Silvera was # 1 and sold over 11,000 copies. The small decline in children’s fiction came despite two decent beginnings. Boo! Guess who, Elmo by Matt Mitter has sold around 17,000 copies, and The last children on Earth and the doomsday race by Max Brallier has sold over 14,000 copies.
A version of this article appeared in the 9/27/2021 issue of Editors Weekly under the title: The weekly scorecard