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The Wall Street Journal Debuts Ebook Best-Seller List Using Nielsen Data

Showcasing the growing importance of digital books to consumers and the publishing industry alike, The Wall Street Journal expanded its relationship with Nielsen BookScan to add ebook sales reporting to its customized best-seller charts. The new charts, which debuted on Oct. 29, will appear weekly as part of WSJ Weekend, the Journal’s weekend edition, in print and on WSJ.com.

Since October 2009, Nielsen BookScan has developed fiction, nonfiction, business, and a variety of genre spotlight charts for The Wall Street Journal. Now all major ebook retailers will contribute data for four new charts that will include self-published digital releases, children’s books, and perennials. These combined print and ebook charts for fiction and nonfiction and ebook-only charts for fiction and nonfiction will also include books priced at 99 cents and more.

In September 2010, the Journal expanded its weekend edition to include added coverage of books in a pull-out section, Books, with reviews and features. The new ebook sales list as well as existing best-seller charts, along with the books section, appear within the Review section of WSJ Weekend.

Nielsen BookScan monitors the English-language book industry worldwide, gathering point-of-sale book data from about 12,000 locations across the U.S., representing about 75% of the nation’s book sales. Print-book data providers include all major booksellers and web retailers, as well as food stores (excluding Walmart and Sam’s Club). Ebook data providers include all major ebook retailers.

Source: The Nielsen Co.



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