NY Times Bestseller Lists Will Soon Include eBooks

It seems like 2010 will be remembered as the year ebooks finally went mainstream. We told you yesterday that ebook sales in the United States are projected to hit almost $1 billion by the end of the year. Now The New York Times has announced they plan to launch ebook bestseller lists in early 2011.

The two new lists will rank bestselling fiction and non-fiction ebooks. The Times says the move is “an acknowledgment of the growing sales and influence of digital publishing.”

The data used to compile the lists will come from “publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers, and online retailers.” They will also work with RoyaltyShare, a company that tracks sales data for publishers.

According to Times editor Janet Elder, they’ve spent two years working on a system to track ebooks sales. “We’ve had our eye on e-book sales since e-books began,” Ms. Elder said. “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.”

The NY Times currently publishes 14 bestseller lists, including fiction, non-fiction, advice, children’s books, graphic novels/comic books, and business.

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