Increases in adult fiction and young adult were not enough to offset declines in the adult nonfiction and juvenile categories, resulting in a 2.4% decline in unit sales of print books for the week ended Sept. 3, 2022, from the comparable week in 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Sales of adult fiction rose 15.9% over the week ended Sept. 4, 2021. While Colleen Hoover had four of the top five category bestsellers, two new titles fared well. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Carrie Soto Is Back sold more than 34,000 copies in its first week, putting it in sixth place on the category list, while The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith (the adult pen name of J.K. Rowling) was in seventh place, selling just under 34,000 copies. Young adult fiction sales rose 9.5%, also helped by a couple of new releases. The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was #1 on the category list, selling more than 46,000 copies. In seventh place was Belladonna by Adalyn Grace, which sold more than 7,000 copies. Despite a host of good debuts, sales of adult nonfiction fell 7%. The Great Reset by Alex Jones sold more than 30,000 copies in its first week, landing it in second place on the category list, followed by Feeding Littles and Beyond by Ali Maffucci, which sold more than 21,000 copies. Sales of juvenile fiction dropped 10.5% in the week. Among the new books, The Hocus Pocus Spell Book by Eric Geron was in third place on the category list, selling more than 12,000 copies, while Hocus Pocus: The Illustrated Novelization by A.W. Jantha, was in sixth place, selling more than 10,000 copies.
Volume 269 Issue 38 09/12/2022