New York Times to have an E-Book Best Seller List

New York Times to have an E-Book Best Seller List

For those printing e-books, this is exciting. This come from Shelf Awareness.

Acknowledging the dramatic increase in e-book sales and digital publishing’s influence, theNew York Times said it will feature e-book bestseller lists for fiction and nonfiction beginning early next year. The lists will be compiled using weekly data from several sources, including publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers.

“We’ve had our eye on e-book sales since e-books began,” said Janet Elder, editor of news surveys and election analysis for the Times. “It was clear that e-books were taking a greater and greater share of total sales, and we wanted to be able to tell our readers which titles were selling and how they fit together with print sales.”

RoyaltyShare, which tracks data and aggregates sales information for publishers, will work with the Times to “provide data and offer an additional source of independent corroboration.”

Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the Book Review, observed: “To give the fullest and most accurate possible snapshot of what books are being read at a given moment you have to include as many different formats as possible, and e-books have really grown, there’s no question about it.”

Maralyn D. Hill, President
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Member: Society of Professional Journalists

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