With the adult nonfiction category posting a 10.2% decline in sales, total unit sales of print books fell 3.9% last week compared to the week ended February 6, 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.
The top two titles on the nonfiction bestsellers list remained that same as in the previous week, with Red Handed: How American Elites Get Rich by Helping China Win by Peter Schweizer #1, selling more than 37,000 copies, followed by James Clear’s Atomic Habits, which sold about 31,000 copies. The best debut was Collective Illusions by Todd Rose, which sold over 11,000 copies in its first week, putting it in seventh place on the category list.
Sales of juvenile fiction fell 5.7% despite another good week for Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Schertle, which sold just over 47,000 copies. Goodbye Stacey, Goodbye, by Ann M. Martin, sold more than 24,000 copies in its first week on sale, landing it in third place on the category list.
As has been the case so far in 2022, adult fiction was a bright spot, with sales up 11.4%. Chainsaw Man, Volume 9 by Tatsuki Fujimoto managed to knock Colleen Hoover out of the #1 spot on the category list, selling more than 34,000 copies in its first week on sale. Another new graphic novel published by Viz Media was in the number 3 spot as Jujutsu Kaisen, Volume 14 by Greg Akutami sold over 28,000 copies.
Young adult fiction sales rose 14.6% in the week helped by the release of Court by Tracy Wolff, which was #1 on the category bestseller list, selling more than 16,000 copies.