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Print sales fell 5% in early June

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Print book unit sales in the week ending June 11, 2022 fell 5.3% compared to the comparable week of 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. This is the smallest decline in about two months. Once again, the adult non-fiction category struggled to keep pace with last year’s sales, with units down 9.3%. James Patterson by James Patterson, the prolific author’s memoir, was No. 1 in the category, selling over 21,000 copies in its first week. Yet another new book Scars and scratches by Tim Kennedy, landed in fourth place on the category list, selling just under 15,000 copies. Adult Fiction rebounded from a rare week of declines to post a 1.7% sales increase over the week ended June 12, 2021. Colleen Hoover’s It ends with us ousted The Chainsaw Man, vol. 11 by Tatsuki Fujimoto for the top spot in the category list, with the titles selling 47,858 and 47,396 copies respectively. Hoover had five titles (from three different publishers) among the top 10 books in the category, with sales totaling approximately 140,000 copies. Sales for the YA fiction category were up 0.5% from 2021. The top-selling title was A Good Girl’s Killing Guide by Holly Jackson, which sold over 10,000 copies. The new top-ranked title was Forge money into stars by Brigid Kemmerer, which sold over 3,000 copies, placing it at number 26 in the category list. Children’s fiction sales fell 5.3% over the week. Oh, the places you will go! by Dr. Seuss was number one on the category list, selling more than 25,000 copies, about the same number it sold a year ago.


A version of this article originally appeared in the 06/20/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the headline: Print sales fell 5% in early June