The US book trade continues an upward trend in unit sales over some 15 weeks, says NPD’s Kristen McLean, especially good ‘for the dog days of summer.’
Following Monday’s Q2 report, NPD PubTrack Digital data shows a big jump in ebook unit sales when April’s lockdowns were ordered–children’s fiction jumped 78 percent that month.
Politically related biography and memoir gained, and children’s print gained 12 percent over the second quarter of 2019 in unit sales.
Monthly US book sales dropped to 2.5 million units in its worst ‘acute COVID period’ week, says NPD analyst Kristin McLean.
With journaling books alone rising from fewer than 50,000 units in 2015 to 700,000 in 2019, creativity, motivation, and inspiration are booming.
The political debate is paying off for publishers of political books, NPD’s data indicates, with major titles leading a nonfiction boost that shows up not just in print but also in ebook sales.
New insights into the US market, previously not visible to researchers, are coming to light now as NPD’s new BookScan License Reporting Service comes up to speed, tracking more than 4,000 licenses and more than 10,000 ISBNs weekly.
Market research firm NPD has acquired the US-based services of Nielsen Book, adding book data to its point-of-sale tracking across more than 20 industries.