With all categories except adult fiction posting declines, unit sales of print books fell 6.1% in the week ended Apr. 30, 2022, from the comparable week in 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Sales of adult nonfiction fell 7.8% despite a good debut by Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis, which was the #1 seller overall last week, selling nearly 62,000 copies. Sales in some of adult nonfiction’s biggest segments, however, had big declines, including reference, where units dropped 18.7%, and general nonfiction, which had a 17.3% decline. Adult fiction was the bright spot in the week, albeit with an increase of only 1.4% over the week ended May 1, 2021. It was another good week for Colleen Hoover, who had the #1 title in the category with It Ends with Us, which sold about 29,000 copies, as well as the #6 seller, Ugly Love, which sold more than 16,000 copies. The bestselling new release was Shadow Fire by Christine Feehan, which sold just under 16,000 copies, putting it in eighth place on the category list. Young adult fiction sales declined 12.6% in the week. Last year at this time, Leigh Bardugo’s books were enjoying a sales spurt thanks to a Netflix series based on her Shadow and Bone title, which lifted six of Bardugo’s books into the top 10 category bestsellers. Shadow and Bone was #1 in the category that week, selling more than 21,000 copies. In the most recent week, Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper series placed four titles on the category’s list, led by Heartstopper, Vol. 1, which sold just over 17,000 copies.
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