Publisher's Weekly Report: Nonfiction Stayed Hot in 2016

Publisher's Weekly just published their report on last year's books sales and compared them to the prior year's. It's always interesting to see what has been selling well, what isn't selling anymore (coloring books), and what might be on the horizon. 

See for yourself...what type of book will be a solid bet in 2017?

from "Nonfiction Stayed Hot in 2016":

Unit Sales by Category, 2015–2016 (in thousands)

 

Category 2015 2016 CHANGE
Adult Nonfiction
Art/Architecture/Design/Photography 11,355 9,305 -18%
Biography/Autobiography/Memoir 23,422 23,133 -1%
Business/Economics 17,168 18,047 5%
Cooking/Entertaining 15,521 16,471 6%
Computers 4,224 3,808 -10%
Crafts/Hobbies/Antiques/Games 11,600 20,326 75%
Health/Fitness/Medicine/Sports 21,540 21,694 1%
History/Law/Political Science 17,199 17,883 4%
House & Home/Gardening 3,212 2,945 -8%
Humor 4,674 4,488 -4%
Performing Arts 8,336 9,362 12%
Reference 33,292 34,310 3%
Religion/Bibles 35,928 40,637 13%
Self-Help 11,365 12,865 13%
Travel 7,620 7,585 -0.5%
General Nonfiction 30,034 30,729 2%
Total Adult Nonfiction 258,490 273,589 7%
Adult Fiction
Action/Adventure 2,272 1,644 -28%
Classics 10,002 8,083 -19%
Fantasy 6,606 6,537 -1%
Graphic Novels 10,707 11,938 11%
Mystery/Detective 12,534 11,225 -10%
Occult/Psychological/Horror 2,211 2,369 7%
Religion 4,426 4,739 7%
Romance 27,966 24,989 -11%
Science Fiction 6,028 5,319 -12%
Suspense/Thrillers 21,855 21,901 0%
Western 2,193 1,983 -10%
General Fiction 35,192 39,492 12%
Total Adult Fiction 141,993 140,221 -1%
Juvenile Nonfiction
Animals 5,145 5,732 11%
Biographies/Autobiographies 4,240 4,463 5%
Concepts 4,294 4,268 -1%
Education/Reference/Language 7,637 8,948 17%
Games/Activities/Hobbies 13,749 10,849 -21%
History/Sports/People/Places 12,817 13,454 5%
Holidays/Festivals/Religion 4,082 4,824 18%
Social Situations/Family/Health 2,772 2,918 5%
Total Juvenile Nonfiction 54,735 55,456 1%
Juvenile Fiction
Animals 10,128 10,296 2%
Classics 10,174 10,258 1%
Concepts 9,325 9,169 -2%
History/Sports/People/Places 13,561 13,957 3%
Holidays/Festivals/Religion 9,458 9,974 5%
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Magic 44,740 52,255 17%
Social Situations/Family/Health 24,904 23,221 -7%
General Juvenile Fiction 49,315 48,913 -1%
Total Juvenile Fiction 171,605 178,043 4%