Led by big gains in the juvenile categories, unit sales of print books rose 9.9% in the week ended May 9, 2020, over the comparable period in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Juvenile nonfiction posted a 44% increase in unit sales over the week ended May 11, 2019. While My First Learn-to-Write Workbook by Crystal Radke remained #1 in the category, selling more than 21,000 copies, a new title landed in the second spot: Engineer Academy: Space by Rob Colson sold just under 14,000 copies in its first week. Print unit sales rose 21% over 2019 in juvenile fiction. The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate landed in the second spot on the category list, selling almost 27,000 copies in its first week. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss stayed in the top spot, selling nearly 30,000 copies. The adult fiction category had a good week, with print unit sales up 15.6% over 2019. Three new titles were among the top 10 category bestsellers. The 20th Victim by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro was #3 on the list, selling more than 44,000 copies in its first week. All Adults Here by Emma Straub was in sixth place, selling close to 22,000 copies, followed by Christine Feehan’s Shadow Flight, which sold just over 21,000 copies. Mother’s Day gave a boost to the already-popular Magnolia Table, Vol. 2 by Joanna Gaines, which sold more than 76,000 copies in the week, keeping it at #1 on the adult nonfiction list. Incomparable by Nikki and Brie Bella sold nearly 13,000 copies in its first week, putting it in seventh place on the category list.
Volume 267 Issue 20 05/18/2020