Unit sales of printed books increased 11.6% last week in the week ended May 30, 2020, at outlets that fall under NPD BookScan and in the first five months of 2021, sales increased. increased by 22.4% compared to the comparable period in 2020.
The adult fiction category had another big week, with sales up 25.8% in the week ended May 30, 2020. Heritage by Nora Roberts was the best-selling title in the category, selling nearly 33,000 copies in its first week on sale. The other new books that made it to the Top 10 Best Selling Adult Fiction List were by Christine Feehan. Shadow storm, which sold over 18,000 copies, and Saboteurs by Clive Cussler, which has sold over 14,000 copies. Until May 29, sales of printing units were up 32.4% in the first five months of 2020.
Print sales increased 17.6% in the week compared to 2020 in children’s fiction. With more in-person college graduations this year compared to spring 2020, sales of Oh, the places you’ll go! by Dr Seuss have increased; the book was # 1 in the category, selling over 50,000 copies in the week ending May 29, up from around 33,000 copies a year ago. Kindergarten, I’m coming! by DJ Steinberg sold over 12,000 copies in its first week on sale.
The children’s fiction segment managed to post an 8.4% increase in unit sales despite The ballad of songbirds and snakes by Suzanne Collins selling over 190,000 copies a year ago. The increase this year has been driven by sales across the category, as the top seller in the segment in the most recent week, They both die at the end by Adam Silvera, sold just under 14,000 copies.
Kill the crowd by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard was No. 1 in adult non-fiction, selling over 20,000 copies. Unit sales increased 3.8% in the category.