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Initial post: Jul 14, 2014 8:19:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 14, 2014 8:30:19 PM PDT
DolphinBlue says:
Does anyone know how this ebook list is compiled? The ebooks at the NY Times bestseller list link here are, in some cases, 7-8 years old. While I know some books can stay on the bestseller list for awhile, the number of older ebooks on the list here makes the list suspect, particularly the non-fiction list.

Comparing the e-book list to the hard copy book list, I realize that some books are not immediately released in e-book form. For example, the #1 hard copy book, Blood Fued, is not available in e-book form. So that accounts for some difference. Still, the number of older ebooks, along with the glaring lack of information on the e-book list (whereas the hard copy book list has NYT info leading into it and a more "official"appearance), makes the e-book list's association with NYT dubious (though Amazon has a separate bestseller list, and I'm sure couldn't use NYT's name without an agreement).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2014 9:18:30 PM PDT
I'd ask the NY Times. They compile the list.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2014 4:26:41 AM PDT
loriltx says:
An older book may end up on the list because it is offered for free to get people interested in the author.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 4:39:10 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
A link to the N.Y. Times Kindle list..

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2014 4:40:19 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
And people are still buying older books, especially if the price goes down - I'd expect to see Game of Thrones there as well as To Kill a Mockingbird and the 50 Shades books because they are still being purchased. It's not bestselling new books, it's bestselling books at the current time. And as people get a Kindle / Kobo/ Nook for the first time, they're likely to purchase old favorites

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2014 4:45:10 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
down at the bottom, they list their methodology here:

under "About the Best Sellers"

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 6:05:47 AM PDT
DolphinBlue says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2014 6:12:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 15, 2014 6:13:50 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I wouldn't expect them to add that - as I'd presume that the list would be E-book bestsellers available on kindle - I would not expect them to list a book they didn't sell nor would I expect Kobob or B&N to have disclaimers either

and aha, it is there, but not available to me: Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas

and it is available on Barnes & Noble

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 6:13:57 AM PDT
DolphinBlue says:
Hmm. After The Boy in the Boat, third on Amazon's list and fourth on the NYT site, many of the subsequent books on Amazon don't appear at all on the NYT site, and vice-versa. In fact, there appears to be very little correlation. It appears that Amazon's "NYT bestseller e-book" list is a list of books that were at one time bestsellers (presumably), but in no way represents the current NYT bestseller list. Interesting and bizarre.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2014 6:17:41 AM PDT
DolphinBlue says:
Thanks again, cb. I missed seeing the Kindle version of Blood Fued last night when I clicked on the title from the NYT bestseller list in the hard copy section, perhaps because I was rushing and expecting the book not to be on kindle anyway. Well, that further reinforces that the lists are different. Weird.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2014 6:29:26 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
it is available to you then?

it's not to me (France)

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 6:37:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 15, 2014 6:45:08 AM PDT
Digital Book World also compiles a weekly ebook bestseller list. Their methodology is pretty good and is explained here:

Huffington Post reprints the list and also has all of the past weeks lists archived on their website:

USA Today also prints a combined list of ebooks and print editions with the top 150 bestsellers of the week but I never use it and don't know how good it is:

Here's their methodology:

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2014 6:49:36 AM PDT
DolphinBlue says:
Yes, cb, it is available to me (U.S.). James, thanks for that info!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2014 6:51:19 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Well duh..... Pardon my french....

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2014 7:33:16 AM PDT
Tim W. says:
The New York Times doesn't seem to have a combined bestseller list (not that I can see) other than combined print/ebook fiction or nonfiction. At the foot of the page with the compiled "top 100" ebooks, it states "These lists, updated hourly, contain bestselling items. Here you can discover the best New York Times Bestsellers in Amazon Best Sellers, and find the top 100 most popular Amazon New York Times Bestsellers." They are New York Times bestsellers...ranked in the order of Amazon sales.
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