Can't Stop Won't Stop

The #1 book in the country, Heartstopper #5, continues Alice Oseman's YA graphic novel series centered on a romance between two teen boys.

Based on her popular webcomic of the same name, the first three trade collections, released in 2020 and 2021, had moved a combined 100K print units by the end of 2021.

Book #4 dropped at the start of 2022, a few months before season 1 of the Netflix series began streaming. By the end of that year, that volume alone had sold 180K print copies.

Even as the series has gotten swept up by the tide of book banning efforts, the latest installment sold 90K in its first week. That brings total release-to-date print unit sales for the series—not counting sales of companion novels and other related titles—to 1.4 million.

Media Watch

On Christmas day, a decade after the publication of Daniel James Brown's Olympics saga The Boys in the Boat pubbed, a George Clooney–helmed screen adaptation opened to mixed reviews and better than expected box office figures. The source material, meanwhile, is making waves: the tie-in edition sold nearly 11K print copies to land at #18 on our frontlist trade paperback chart, and the 2014 trade paper edition sold twice that many copies.

Present Company

Here are a few of the titles whose print unit sales got a boost in the last week of the holiday shopping season.

The Wager by David Grann: #2 hardcover nonfiction, sales up 60%

The 2024 Old Farmer's Almanac: #7 trade paperback, sales up 52%

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl: #8 trade paperback, sales up 50%

Prequel by Rachel Maddow: #12 hardcover nonfiction, sales up 49%

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins: #4 children's fiction, sales up 44%