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Print sales fell 6% last week

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With all categories except adult fiction posting declines, print book unit sales fell 6.1% last week compared to the comparable week of 2021 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan .

Adult non-fiction sales fell 7.8% despite a strong start to Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis, which was the No. 1 seller last week, selling nearly 62,000 copies. Sales in some of the largest adult nonfiction segments, however, saw steep declines, including benchmark, where units fell 18.7%, and general nonfiction, which decreased by 17.3%.

Sales of children’s fiction fell 6.6% from the week ended May 1, 2021. Within the category, sales of general children’s fiction were down 9.2%, while sales of sub – category social situations/family/health decreased by 12%.

Sales of children’s non-fiction dropped 10.4%. Sales of social/family/health situations also fell sharply, down 28.3%.

Adult fiction was the bright spot of the week, but with an increase of only 1.4%. It was another good week for Colleen Hoover, who clinched the #1 title in the category with It ends with us which sold approximately 29,000 copies, and seller No. 6, ugly love, which sold over 16,000 copies. The best-selling new version was shadow fire by Christine Feehan, which sold just under 16,000 copies, placing it in eighth place on the category list.

Sales of young adult fiction fell 12.6% last week. This time last year, Leigh Bardugo’s books were enjoying a sales surge thanks to a Netflix series based on her shadow and bone title, which elevated six of Bardugo’s books into the top 10 bestsellers in the category. shadow and bone was #1 in the category last week, selling over 21,000 copies. Last week, Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper Series placed four titles on last in the category, led by Favorite, Vol. 1, which sold just over 17,000 copies.