With both adult categories posting small increases, unit sales of print books increased 1.4% in the week ended Feb. 15, 2020, over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Units rose 3.1% in the adult nonfiction segment over the week ended Feb. 16, 2019, despite the lack of a major new release. Jessica Simpson’s Open Book remained #1 in the category, selling more than 23,000 copies, easily topping A Very Stable Genius by Phillip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, which stayed in second place, selling over 13,000 copies. No new book made a splash in adult fiction, but print unit sales increased 2.2% over 2019. Three books posted sales of more than 20,000 copies in the week, led by the bestseller that won’t die: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Close behind Crawdads were The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy and American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Like the adult fiction and nonfiction categories, unit sales in juvenile fiction increased over 2019 without the benefit of a new hit. With unit sales up 7.7% in the category, Big Preschool edged out Guts by Raina Telgemeier for the top spot in the segment, selling more than 8,000 copies in the week, while Guts sales fell just short of the 8,000-copies-sold mark. Print unit sales dipped 1% in juvenile fiction. Llama, Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney took over the #1 spot in the category from Dog Man: Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey, selling over 31,000 copies, compared to more than 24,000 copies for Dog Man.
Volume 267 Issue 8 02/24/2020