The week ended Jan. 25, 2020, was a good one for selling books. Print unit sales rose 8% over the week ended Jan. 26, 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Units in the adult fiction category were up 10.1%, led by sales of nearly 49,000 copies of the controversial American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Last year at this time, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris was #1 on the category list, selling more than 19,000 copies. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was in second place in both the week ended Jan. 25, 2020, and the week ended Jan. 26, 2019; in the most recent week it sold more than 24,000 copies, and last year it sold just under 19,000. Print unit sales in adult nonfiction increased 7.7% over 2019, as interest in political books has begun to heat up. A Very Stable Genius by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig was #1 on the category list, selling nearly 54,000 copies. It was followed by another new release, Profiles in Corruption by Peter Schweizer, which sold about 46,000 copies. Despite little movement atop the juvenile fiction list, sales of print units rose 7.3% in the category. Fetch-22 (Dog Man #8) by Dav Pilkey and the 14th volume in Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series, Wrecking Ball, were one-two again on the category list, selling 25,000 copies and nearly 16,000 copies, respectively. The 11.8% increase in unit sales in the juvenile nonfiction category was helped by three DK books: Baby Touch and Feel: Animals (almost 3,300 copies sold), Pop-Up Peekaboo! (almost 3,000 copies), and Baby Touch and Feel: I Love You (almost 2,800 copies).
Volume 267 Issue 5 02/03/2020