As of the April 28 lists, the New York Times is changing their Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous bestseller lists. The separate hardcover and paperback lists–each listing 10 positions, with another 5 “also selling” titles–are combined into a single list with 20 numbered positions. The new combined list also incorporates ebook sales along with print sales. (Up until now, the paper has noted “e-book sales for advice & how-to books, children’s books and graphic books will be tracked at a future date.”) The first iteration is dominated by food and diet books, but a new business bestseller–PL Spring/Summer Buzz Book DECISIVE by Chip Heath and Dan Heath–slips on at No. 19.
In personnel news, Jennifer Corcoran will join Little, Brown Children’s on May 6 as director of publicity. She was most recently publicity director at Disney Publishing Worldwide.
In distribution news, Candlewick has renewed its distribution partnership with Random House Publisher Services for the US and Canada, in a multi-year extension of the agreement that began in 2005.
Others report to us more changes to the NYT bestsellers as of the April 28 lists. Reportedly, the Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous list expands to include ebook sales, and will list 20 positions instead of 15. Up until now, the paper has noted “e-book sales for advice & how-to books, children’s books and graphic books will be tracked at a future date.”