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Print sales fell 1.6% in early September

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Print book unit sales decreased 1.6% in the week ended September 10, 2022, compared to the comparable week of 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Adult fiction was the only category to increase during the week, with sales jumping 16.1%. Several new titles contributed to the rise, led by Stephen King’s Fairy talewhich sold over 128,000 copies in its first week. A court of silver flames by Sarah Maas sold nearly 42,000 copies, placing it #4 in the category rankings, while JD Robb’s despair in death sold nearly 26,000 copies, placing it in ninth place on the list of adult novels. Adult nonfiction unit sales fell 7.1% from a year ago. At Jennette McCurdy’s I’m happy my mom passed away remained at No. 1, selling just under 30,000 copies. by Jonathan Cahn The return of the gods was in second place, selling over 24,000 copies. Other great new books included Health at a Glance by Danielle Walker (about 16,000 copies sold); dinner in one by Melissa Clark (over 11,000 copies sold); and The leadership crisis by Stuart Scheller (over 8,000 copies sold). Sales of children’s fiction fell by 4.4% despite the good performance of several new releases. The Will of the Pigeon Ride the roller coaster by Mo Willems was the top title in the category, selling over 26,000 copies, while jessy’s secret Tongue (The Babysitters Club Graphic Novel #12) by Ann M. Martin was in second place, selling nearly 17,000 copies. at Tracey West Keep the dragons invisible sold over 13,000 copies, placing it at number five on the category’s bestseller list.


A version of this article originally appeared in the 09/19/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: The Weekly Scorecard