Adult fiction continues to be the primary driver behind the rise in unit sales of print books this spring. Last week, total unit sales rose 4.8% over the week ended June 12, 2020, with sales of adult fiction up 23.2% at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Young adult and juvenile fiction sales were also up in the week.
The top-selling book last week was The President’s Daughter by James Patterson and Bill Clinton, which sold more than 60,000 print copies in its first week on sale. Other new novels that sold well last week included The Texan Code by Diana Palmer, which sold over 18,000 copies, and Don Bentley’s Tom Clancy Target Acquired, which sold nearly 16,000 copies. And, once again, within adult fiction graphic novel sales continued to soar last week, with units up 157% in the week over 2020.
Young adult fiction print sales increased 17.9%, with sales largely driven by backlist titles. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera remained the category’s top seller, selling more than 14,000 copies. Leigh Bardugo’s titles continue to be steady sellers, led by Shadow and Bone, the basis for the Netflix show of the same name; the book sold nearly 7,000 copies last week, and six other Bardugo books sold a total of about 25,000 copies.
Juvenile fiction sales rose 3.3% last week, with one new title doing well. The Bench by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and illustrated by Christian Robinson sold almost 16,000 copies in its first week on sale.
Adult nonfiction sales fell 3% last week compared to 2020. Last week at this time, books on social justice and race were selling well, led by Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race, which sold over 57,000 copies, and Robin Di Angelo’s White Fragility, which sold over 54,00 copies. Last week, Killing the Mob by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard was #1 in the segment, selling more than 19,000 copies, and Maryruth Ghiyam’s Liquids Till Lunch was in second place, selling over 16,000 copies in its first week on sale.
Sales of juvenile nonfiction titles fell 5.2% in the week. Young adult nonfiction sales dropped 2%.