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Bestsellers, Charts, and Some Facts

Most days we focus on trying to make our own news and analysis as accurate, informed and comprehensive as possible and leave others reporting on the trade to their own approaches. But with a lot of attention on Amazon's new Charts -- too much, probably, since this is a new…

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New Amazon Charts Show What People Are Reading

Amazon has launched a "reimagined weekly bestseller list" that combines data from across all of their formats -- print, ebook, and digital audio. A new Top 20 Most Read list aims to show "what customers are really reading and listening to by looking at the average number of daily Kindle readers…

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NYT Book Review Editor Explains Expanded Coverage Plans

New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul spoke at a Publishers Advertising and Marketing Association luncheon event on Wednesday, previewing forthcoming changes to how books are featured in the newspaper. Paul said their books coverage will be "expanding and becoming more strategic," an initiative that includes a consolidation of the three…

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NYT Promises Expanded Coverage of Comics and Graphic Novels

There are a few updates on the big paring of the New York Times bestseller lists that we covered yesterday. Following our observations noting a few significant changes in the posted methodology (including the elimination of weighting sales from indie bookstores, and allowing the counting of sales from Amazon-exclusive ebooks), a NYT…

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NYT Eliminates Some Bestseller Lists, Cuts Overall Slots Nearly In Half

The New York Times substantially revised its bestseller lists as of the editions dated February 5 (covering sales through January 21), which were sent out to subscribers on Wednesday afternoon. Where there were once 240 weekly slots in all -- 190 regular and 50 extended -- now is pared back to…

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Kindle Unlimited: The Trend Continues, and The House Is On Top

Amazon made their monthly retroactive announcement of how much money they have decided to allocate to authors who participate in Kindle Unlimited, with November's bounty following the pattern from the prior month. The pool was boosted by $100,000, to $16.3 million, while the total "pages read" declined, to roughly 3.032…

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Bestsellers and More Best Ofs: Amazon and Apple

Amazon released their annual package of bestseller lists, and as the etailer continues to gain market share on their competitors, those list take on ever greater significance. As usual, the list that they promote only features new books published in 2016, and it combines print and ebook sales. To see…

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Bestseller Share: Big Five Dominate NYT Lists In First Quarter

You may recall that we recently introduced tools to track "bestseller share" by house, looking at the "slots" on the NYT printed bestseller lists. In our January post, we established five-year benchmarks by publisher as well, to have some basis for comparison going forward. With the first quarter of 2016…

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WTF: Swear Word Coloring Books Charge the Bestseller Lists

When Amazon's CreateSpace helped power the self-published The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep  to the top of the charts it was a sweet story, but self-published print success has taken on a different face this month, with a wave of "swear word" coloring books. One Swear Word Adult Coloring Book…

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Another Lens on 2015: Bestseller Share

As noted a couple of months ago, we have been experimenting with putting filters on top on our big database of national bestseller lists (now over 12 years deep) to extract some comparison info over time. With the year complete, we thought it would be interesting to generate a calculation of NYT…

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