NY Times Will Rank E-book Bestsellers

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NY Times Will Rank E-book Bestsellers

Post by Nathan Bransford » November 10th, 2010, 10:18 pm

Pretty big news:
In an acknowledgment of the growing sales and influence of digital publishing, The New York Times said on Wednesday that it would publish e-book best-seller lists in fiction and nonfiction beginning early next year.

The lists will be compiled from weekly data from publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers, among other sources.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/books/11list.html

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Post by AMSchilling » November 11th, 2010, 10:23 pm

If that's not a sign of the times, I don't know what is... Could be good for self-published eBook authors, too. Potentially boost sales, and one more way to catch the attention of traditional publishing if that's their goal.
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Re: NY Times Will Rank E-book Bestsellers

Post by steve » November 12th, 2010, 1:59 pm

This is a questionable endeavor. The veracity of their data and data sampling needs to be explained.
The lists will be compiled from weekly data from publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers, among other sources.
Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble are not sharing data unless it is heavily edited and/or beneficial to them. And what data for ebook sales comes from either chain or indie bookstores? Anecdotal chit-chat?

AMSchilling wrote:Could be good for self-published eBook authors, too.
Could be, but the NY Times makes money by having publishers buy advertising for books. There are no incentives for them to push indie authors, except in a Wednesday feature that few will read. Have they ever listed a self-published book in their traditional bestseller lists?

The best books are hardly ever best sellers. Word of mouth is a better metric.
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Post by rose » November 13th, 2010, 11:09 am

Steve, could you explain your sigline, please? Is there are new TRUE GRIT movie coming out? I seem to remember that John Wayne and Tatum O'Neal were terrific in the original.

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Post by steve » November 13th, 2010, 11:26 am

rose wrote:Steve, could you explain your sigline, please? Is there are new TRUE GRIT movie coming out? I seem to remember that John Wayne and Tatum O'Neal were terrific in the original.

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