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Unit sales of print books rose 5% in the week ended Oct. 12, 2014, compared to the similar week last year, at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan. Two categories in particular had noteworthy performances: in the juvenile nonfiction segment, unit sales jumped 42% over week 41 of 2013; and in adult fiction, where year-over-year sales have been down for most of 2014, units were up 6%. The gains in juvenile nonfiction occurred even though sales of Minecraft books cooled a bit. Still, Minecraft: Construction Handbook sold about 40,000 copies in the week, more than 10 times the sales of the top-selling juvenile nonfiction title in the week ended Oct. 13, 2013. Combined sales of the 100 bestselling juvenile nonfiction titles in week 41 of 2014 soared 84% over those of the 100 top sellers in the similar week last year. In adult fiction, three editions of Gone Girl held the top three spots, selling a total of about 162,000 copies in the week ended Oct. 12, 2014—a 57% increase over the three top-selling fiction titles in week 41 of 2013. Growth in the juvenile fiction segment slowed, though it had the overall bestselling title in the week: Rick Riordan’s The Blood of Olympus sold over 162,000 copies in its debut week.