Thursday, November 11, 2010

NYT to add e-books to its best seller lists early next year

The New York Times announced yesterday that they will add a ranking for e-book sales as part of their best seller lists starting early next year.

“We’ve had our eye on e-book sales since e-books began,” said Janet Elder, the editor of news surveys and election analysis for The Times. “It was clear that e-books were taking a greater and greater share of total sales, and we wanted to be able to tell our readers which titles were selling and how they fit together with print sales.”

“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 Times currently has 14 book lists including hardcover and paperback.