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US print book sales down 10% last week

In the US, NPD BookScan figures show print book unit sales fell 10% for the week ending March 14 compared to the previous week, after physical bookstores began closing their doors due to the Covid-19 outbreak, reports Publishers Weekly.

There were 11.1 million units sold last week, down from 12.3 million in the week prior. Sales of juvenile nonfiction titles were up 1.9%, led by increased sales in the education/reference/language and games/activities/hobbies areas.

However, the three other major categories were all down. Juvenile fiction posted a 15% decline in unit sales, adult nonfiction was down 12% and adult fiction was down 3.9%.

Within adult fiction, the action/adventure segment saw sales jump 38%, and general fiction sales were up around 8%. The biggest declines were in categories where ebooks are the most popular, with fantasy, romance, westerns and mystery/detective sales all registering double-digit declines.

 

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