Unit sales of print books rose 5% in the week ended Feb. 28, 2016, over the similar week last year, at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan. The adult nonfiction segment had the largest gain, with units up 15%. The growth in the category was led by two titles that made their debut in the top spots. Doctor Who Coloring Book landed at #1 in the segment, selling more than 39,000 copies in its first week, while Cravings by Chrissy Teigen was in second place, selling just under 32,000 copies. Another new title hit the adult nonfiction list in fourth place in its first week: Mark Hyman’s Eat Fat Get Thin, which sold more than 19,000 copies. Unit sales in juvenile nonfiction increased 10% in the week, helped by some Easter books moving up the bestsellers list. The Story of Easter by Patricia A. Pingry was #4 in juvenile nonfiction, selling almost 5,500 copies, and Pingry’s The Easter Story moved into the 11th spot, selling nearly 4,000 copies. Adult fiction unit sales fell 3% in the week, despite the release of a number of new mass market paperbacks that hit the top of the bestsellers list. The mass market edition of Country by Danielle Steel was #1 on the adult fiction list, selling almost 23,000 copies in its first week, followed by mass market paperback editions of Memory Man by David Baldacci, which sold approximately 21,000 copies, and Revenge by Lisa Jackson, which sold about 17,000 copies. Unit sales in the juvenile fiction category slipped 0.2% in the week. Dr. Seuss titles held the first five spots on the juvenile fiction bestsellers list, selling a total of more than 96,000 copies.

(in Thousands)

Unit Sales of Print Books by Channel

Mar. 1, 2015 Feb. 28, 2016* % Chge Week % Chge YTD
Total 11,027 11,631 5% 6%
Mass Merch./Other 2,337 2,061 -12 -9
Retail & Club 8,690 9,570 10 10

Unit Sales of Print Books by Category Week YTD

Mar. 1, 2015 Feb. 28, 2016* % Chge Week % Chge YTD
Adult Nonfiction 4,138 4,748 15% 12%
Adult Fiction 2,502 2,424 -3 -0.6
Juvenile Nonfiction 899 989 10 13
Juvenile Fiction 3,126 3,121 -0.2 3

Unit Sales of Print Books by Format

Mar. 1, 2015 Feb. 28, 2016* % Chge Week % Chge YTD
Hardcover 2,998 3,046 2% 6%
Trade Paperback 5,821 6,396 10 8
Mass Market Paperback 1,287 1,184 -8 -6
Board Books 634 720 14 17
Audio 69 60 -13 -12

*Totals for 2016 include units sold through Family Christian Stores. No sales through Family Christian are included in 2015.

Source: Nielsen BookScan and Publishers Weekly. Nielsen BookScan’s U.S. Consumer Market Panel covers approximately 80% of the print book market and continues to grow.