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Print sales fell 8.8% in early July


Print book unit sales fell 8.8% in the week ended July 9, 2022, compared to the comparable week of 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Adult fiction remained a beacon of hope, with sales up 4.9% as Colleen Hoover placed five titles in the top 10 on the fiction list, led by It ends with us which sold over 60,000 copies. Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens was No. 1 in the category, selling over 80,000 copies, as the film based on the novel hits theaters. The best novelty was Lore Olympe, vol. 2 by Rachel Smythe, which sold over 38,000 copies, placing it in fifth place in the category chart. Adult nonfiction sales fell 13.8% during the week. The best-selling novelty in the category was The Unknown Wild Alchemy Deck and Guide by Kim Krans, which was No. 26 on the category list, selling around 3,500 copies. The title n°1 remained that of James Clear Atomic Habits, which sold over 16,000 copies. Last year around this time, how i saved the world by Jesse Watters was the best-selling title with nearly 34,000 copies, followed by Trejo by Danny Trejo, sold more than 13,000 copies. The young adult non-fiction book category saw a 4.3% increase over the week, although this seems more related to the poor characterization of adult coloring books in the YA category. Stranger Things: The Official Coloring Book capitalized on the success of the Netflix series to sell nearly 9,000 copies in its second week.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 07/18/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: The Weekly Scorecard