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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

eBook Bestseller Lists

It had to happen sooner or later. The New York Times will post its first weekly eBook bestseller list online this Friday and publish it in the print edition on Sunday, according to Library Journal (“New York Times Ready to Release Its First eBook Best Sellers List,” Feb. 7, 2011). No. 1 on the fiction list is Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand tops the nonfiction list.

The Times staff said the lists will be "compiled from weekly data from publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers, among other sources." They will also use a Web-based software that tracks and aggregates sales data for publishers to validate data, the Library Journal reports.

While the merging of old and new media bestseller lists may be a first for the New York Times, Overdrive, which distributes eBooks to public libraries, including the Fairfax County Public Library, has been publishing its "Most Downloaded Books From the Library" list for more than a year. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tops its Feb. 1 fiction list and George W. Bush’s Decision Points is no. 1 on the nonfiction list.

If you’ve have never borrowed an eBook or other eMedia from the library, you can find all the information you need on our Web site or pick up instructions at your local branch.

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