Bestseller Stat Shot

Unit sales of print books last week may be down 2% compared to the similar week in 2013, but compared to the previous week, sales are up 7%, as we enter the prime holiday book-buying season. Leading the charge, of course, is the new Wimpy Kid title, which sold nearly 319,000 print copies in its debut week and, along with a stream of holiday-themed picture book titles, created a week-over-week surge of 17% in children’s. A few other strong debuts on the adult side had positive impacts on a number of fiction and nonfiction categories. Here are some category movers and shakers from last week, and the most notable title for each.

Children’s Fiction Mystery/Detective History/Law/Political Science Health/Fitness
Up 52% Up 17% Up 16% Up 12%
The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney The Burning Room by Michael Connelly For Love of Country by Howard Schultz JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet by JJ Virgin

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