WSJ Best-seller List will NOW be available as e-books as well

The Wall Street Journal has inked an agreement with Nielsen BookScan to publish best-seller lists in both physical books and e-sales.

Since 2009, Nielsen has been providing the WSJ, with lists based solely on hardcover and paperbacks.

Beginning this Weekend, four charts will debut:

1) combined e-book and physical sales for fiction
2) combined e-book and physical sales for nonfiction,
3) e-sales only for fiction
4) e-sales only for nonfiction

Eligible releases will include self-published books, children's books and "perennials," older works that continue to sell strongly.

This is the first time; Nielsen has compiled e-books, with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google among those participating.

BookScan numbers reflect around 75 percent of hardcover and paperback sales.

The key reason for making available the Best-sellers as ebooks is that consumers and booksellers continue to embrace the potential of e-books; and Nielsen will want to benefit from this increasing ebook adoption.

The New York Times and USA Today also include e-sales in their weekly lists.

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