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Printing unit sales fell 4.8% in mid-June


Print book unit sales fell approximately 5% in the week ended June 18, 2022, compared to the comparable week of 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The adult fiction segment was the only category to show an increase over 2021. The gain was led by Elin Hilderbrand’s The Nantucket Hotel, which sold over 70,000 copies in its first week. Colleen Hoover had five books in the segment’s top 10 titles, which together sold nearly 200,000 copies. Adult non-fiction sales fell about 8%. As has been the case for much of the year, the decline was due to listing weakness, not a successful seller a year ago. In fact, sales of the #1 title in the category over the most recent week, Battle for the American Spirit by Pete Hegseth, surpassed 65,000 copies in its first week, more than double the sales of the No. 1 title last year, kill the crowd by Bill O’Reilly. Another new release got off to a good start, with I would like to play alone, please by Tom Segura sold nearly 22,000 copies. Sales of juvenile non-fiction fell 11.4% despite a series of Summer Bridge Activities books selling better than a year ago. Eight books in the series sold about 77,000 copies in the most recent week, up from about 45,000 copies last year.

Editor’s Note: Due to a technical issue, sales for the week ending June 18 were slightly overstated (no more than 0.5%). Sales will be adjusted next week.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 06/27/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: The Weekly Scorecard