January 24, 2022

New Data From NPD Books: “US Books Unit Volume Reached 825.7 Million (9 Percent Over Last Year)”

From NPD Books:

Annual print books unit volume in the U.S. reached 825.7 million, up 9%, or 67.8 million units, over the previous year. 2021 print volume was the highest ever seen in NPD BookScan, going back to the start of data tracking in 2004. This was the first time annual volume rose above 800 million units.

Total adult print book sales grew 11% over 2020, and adult fiction was the leading growth area in 2021. Adult fiction experienced the highest absolute unit gains of any supercategory for the year and contributed to more than half of total market gains, with 174 million units sold, 35 million more units than 2020. Adult non-fiction posted 323 million in sales and grew by 14 million. Top growth adult categories of the year included graphic novels, general fiction, romance, religion (NF), and business.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.