WSJ adds e-books to bestseller lists, joining the New York Times

Dylan Stableford
October 28, 2011

With rising sales of Kindles and iPads, the Wall Street Journal has announced an obvious but important move: e-books will now be included on the paper's bestseller lists.

The Journal and Nielsen Bookscan, which provides sales figures, will publish four new lists in the paper: e-book bestsellers for fiction and nonfiction books, and combined e-book and physical book sales in fiction and nonfiction. Nielsen said it will cull e-book sales data from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google, among others. Until now, Nielsen had not included e-books in its Bookscan reports.

The move puts the Journal's bestseller lists on par with those published by the USA Today and New York Times, which include e-books. (The Times began including e-books earlier this year; the USA Today has been doing so since 2009.)

But as the AP's Hillel Italie noted, the new lists will not disclose the number of copies sold--just their relative rankings.

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