The Bookseller and The Sunday Times are to run weekly e-book bestseller charts, with data supplied by all of the main trade publishers to The Bookseller.
The move builds on The Bookseller’s monthly e-book rankings that capture e-book sales data from publishers including Penguin Random House, Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. The monthly listings, first launched in 2013, are still the only e-book charts available in any of the major e-book markets.
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: “E-book sales are big part of every trade publisher’s business, and a weekly snapshot of what’s selling in the marketplace is essential for publishers, agents, authors, and consumers. The Sunday Times is an important part of this, the new weekly e-book lists will complement its authoritative Nielsen BookScan print book charts and provide its readers with the most comprehensive view available of the bestselling books each week.
“The Bookseller has led the way in developing the first regular e-book charts, and this move builds on that initiative. I am thankful to the publishers for continuing to supply us with their data, and we hope this shines a light on what is an important, developing and distinctly interesting part of the market for books.”
The Sunday Times' literary editor Andrew Holgate said: “We are very proud that The Sunday Times weekly book sales charts, produced for us with exemplary care by Nielsen BookScan, are the industry standard. This exciting new step with The Bookseller, though, which will sit on our pages alongside our standard lists, will allow us to begin to reflect the importance of e-books in the country's reading habits. We're delighted to be working with The Bookseller team on this."
To join the panel of publishers submitting e-book data to The Bookseller, email features and insight editor Tom Tivnan (firstname.lastname@example.org).