Unit sales of print books rose 1.1% in the week ended Oct. 26, 2019, over the comparable week in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Adult nonfiction had a solid week, with print unit sales up 5.8% over the week ended Oct. 27, 2018. A new book by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier, sold more than 92,000 copies in its first week, making it the #1 book in the category. Another new cookbook, Binging with Babish by Andrew Rea, landed in the fourth spot on the adult nonfiction list, selling more than 21,000 copies, while Trump vs. China by Newt Gingrich followed Binging, selling more than 20,000 copies in its first week. The ongoing strong performance of Guts by Raina Telgemeier helped to drive up units in the juvenile nonfiction category by almost 10%; in the most recent week, Guts sold nearly 24,000 copies, its best performance in a month. Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor also saw a pick up in sales over recent weeks, selling more than 6,000 copies in the week ended October 26, putting it in second place on the category list. Print unit sales plunged 32.5% in the young adult fiction segment. Last year at this time, Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas sold more than 42,000 copies in its first week. In the most recent week, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders was #1, selling about 4,500 copies. The adult fiction category had a 2.1% unit decline in the week despite some good starts for several titles. Michael Connelly’s The Night Fire debuted at #1 in the category, with more than 56,000 copies sold. In the third spot was The Deserter by Nelson and Alex DeMille, which sold 21,000 copies.
Volume 266 Issue 44 11/04/2019