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New York Times launches e-books bestseller lists

The New York Times has announced that, beginning early next year, it will begin publishing e-books bestseller lists for fiction and non-fiction. According to a story in yesterday’s Times, the lists will draw on “weekly data from publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers, among other sources.” What the story doesn’t mention is whether Amazon and Apple will be sharing their e-book sales data, though the answer is, presumably, no. From The Times:

RoyaltyShare, a San Diego-based company that tracks data and aggregates sales information for publishers, will work with The Times, provide data and offer an additional source of independent corroboration.

The Times will also redesign the section of its Sunday Book Review that features the best-seller lists. The Times already publishes 14 lists, including those for fiction, nonfiction and advice books in hardcover and paperback, as well as children’s books and graphic books.

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, said Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the Book Review. The new listings, he added, give readers the fullest picture we can give them about how a book is doing week to week.