New York: The Wall Street Journal has an agreement with Nielsen BookScan to publish best-seller lists that include both physical books and e-sales.
Since 2009, Nielsen has provided the journal with lists based solely on hardcover and paperbacks. The Journal and Nielsen announced on Friday that four charts will debut this weekend: combined e-book and physical sales for fiction and nonfiction, and e-sales only for fiction and nonfiction. Eligible releases will include self-published books, children's books and "perennials," older works that continue to sell strongly.
It's the first time that Nielsen has compiled e-books, with Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google among those participating. BookScan numbers reflect around 75 per cent of hardcover and paperback sales and offer a rare look at raw data from an industry known for being secretive about how much books actually sell. But the Nielsen statistics became increasingly limited as e-sales took off.
"As consumers and booksellers continue to embrace the potential of e-books, we are very happy to be working with The Wall Street Journal to produce the most accurate best-seller charts available," Jonathan Stolper, vice president & general manager of Nielsen BookScan, said in a statement. "These new charts uniquely reflect what people are really buying and reading and will most definitely advance the industry's understanding of e-book best sellers."...more
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