The New York Times eBook bestsellers list
Media bistro reported today that the New York Times is launching an eBook bestsellers list in early 2011 for fiction and non-fiction eBooks alike. The article states that since there is not currently a centralized list of the top eBook sales, it makes sense that the Times would launch one with eBook sales on the rise. Case in point, Random House U.S. reported that their e-book sales surged 300 percent in the first six months of the year; they had 138 New York Times bestsellers, including the Stieg Larsson Millennium trilogy, which sold 6.5 million print and eBooks in the U.S. and Germany during the half year.
Interestingly, even with the rise, eBooks still only account for 7% of all US adult sales. But according to Forrester that 7% read the most amount of books and spend the most amount of money on books.
This is great news for authors and publishers alike that the sales of eBooks would finally be compiled, and compiled by the Times. Amazon has been ranking its own Kindle sales for some time but the Times list will compile their list from “weekly data from publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers, among other sources,” including Amazon according to Wired.
To place on the New York Times or Amazon bestsellers list is a prestigious status symbol authors have sought, and a service we provide for our clients. The New York Times eBook bestsellers list is yet another opportunity for our authors who publish eBooks and want to place on a bestsellers list. We can’t wait!