More weakness in the children’s segments and a minimal gain in adult fiction led to a 5.8% decline in unit sales of print books last week compared to the week ended June 10, 2022, at outlets that report to Circana BookScan.
Adult fiction was the only segment to have a sales increase last week, posting a minimal 0.4% gain. Three new titles helped to offset the strong sales showing five Colleen Hoover titles had last year at this time. Cross Down by James Patterson and Brendan Dubois was in second place on the segment list, selling more than 28,000 copies, followed by Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe, which sold over 26,000 copies. In seventh place was Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey, which sold just under 20,000 copies.
Adult nonfiction had the smallest decline in the week, with sales down 5.9%. Pageboy, a memoir by Elliott Page, was number one in the category, selling more than 20,000 copies in its first week on sale. Three other new releases were in the segment’s top 10, including Mike Glover’s Prepared, which sold almost 15,000 copies.
The juvenile nonfiction category had the largest decline, with sales down 12%. In both weeks, the top 10 spots were dominated by Summer Bridge Activities books, which sold about 90,000 copies last week, down from 96,000 copies in 2022. Juvenile fiction sales fell 9.4%, with Dog Man: Twenty Fleas Under the Sea by Dav Pilkey replacing Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss in the top spot, selling about 28,000 copies.
Young adult fiction sales fell 9.8% even though last week’s category top title, If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin, outsold last year’s number one, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, by 4,000 copies.