Monthly e-book ranking to launch in The Bookseller

The Bookseller is to publish a monthly e-book ranking with sales figures supplied by all the major trade publishers in the UK.

It is the first time regular e-book sales data will have been published, and builds on The Bookseller’s annual and quarterly reviews of the book market, which have included e-book volume numbers alongside print book sales.

The new e-book ranking, consisting of a top 50, will launch next week with sales data for June. Publishers included in the launch panel are Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Bloomsbury. Together they represent 51% of the overall print book market and 81% of the print book fiction market.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: “Getting accurate sales data for this rapidly growing section of the book market is vital, and we hope the monthly ranking will begin the process of shining a much-needed light on how digital is reshaping the book business. The intention is to quickly grow the panel of publishers.”

The industry-first ranking is designed to complement the print book bestsellers, with that data supplied by Nielsen BookScan.

Any publisher wishing to add their data to the monthly ranking should contact charts editor Philip Stone at philip.stone@bookseller.co.uk.