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The Wall Street Journal announced last Friday that it would begin including eBooks as part of its best selling booklists. As eBooks begin to outsell many of the hardback and paperback editions of books, it makes perfect sense to list them in a separate ranking.

The Journal’s best selling eBook list consist of four charts, including “combined e-book and physical sales for fiction and non-fiction, and e-sales only for fiction and nonfiction.” Even bestselling self-published and children’s e-books will be eligible for the lists.

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The Journal has, since 2009, based its lists upon the Nielsen BookScan, which includes bestselling lists for both physical books and eBooks. Jonathan Stopler, vice president & general manager of Nielsen BookScan said

as consumers and booksellers continue to embrace the potential of eBooks, we are very happy to be working with The Wall Street Journal to produce the most accurate bestseller charts available. These new charts uniquely reflect what people are really buying and reading and will most definitely advance the industry’s understanding of eBook bestsellers.”

The leading online bookseller, Amazon, reported last year that it sells more eBooks than hardbacks and paperbacks combined. Of course those sales can include eBooks selling for as little as 99 cents. The Journal’s bestsellers list though will for now only include rankings of eBook sales, not the actual Nielsen numbers under the new system. The Journal added that the “The New York Times and USA Today also include e-sales in their weekly lists.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

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