Despite gains in nonfiction, total unit sales of print books fell 3% in the week ended Nov. 2, 2019, compared to the similar week in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The juvenile fiction segment had a double-digit sales decline. Last year at this time, The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13) by Jeff Kinney sold more than 234,000 copies in its first week. Last week’s top juvenile fiction seller was For Whom the Ball Rolls (Dog Man #7) by Dav Pilkey, which sold more than 24,000 copies. Adult fiction sales fell 5.7% compared to the week ended Nov. 3, 2018. A new book by Lee Child, Blue Moon, topped the adult fiction bestseller chart, selling nearly 74,000 copies. Several new titles gave the adult nonfiction segment a 5.9% increase over the comparable period last year. The Beautiful Ones by Prince landed at #2 on the category list, with more than 35,000 copies sold. In fourth place was The Plot Against the President by Lee Smith, which sold more than 24,000 copies. Two places below Plot was Half Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard, which sold more than 20,000 copies. Juvenile nonfiction sales rose 6.1% over 2018, as Guts by Raina Telgemeier continued to dominate the category, selling more than 19,000 copies in the most recent week. Print unit sales tumbled 22.1% in YA fiction. The #1 book in the category in the most recent week was The Giver by Lois Lowry, which sold about 4,000 copies, while a year ago, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas sold nearly 14,000 copies.
Volume 266 Issue 45 11/11/2019