Don’t Judge a Book by Its Format — E-Book Sales Included in Bestsellers List

By Sadie Bass

Jul 23, 2009 5:42pm

ABC's Bradley Blackburn reports from New York:

Yet another sign that the business of books is changing — starting today, USA Today now includes e-book sales for the Amazon Kindle in its weekly best-sellers list.  Sales of e-book titles are lumped together with data on paper book sales that USA Today collects from thousands of booksellers across the country.

USA Today's bestseller's list is the first big book list to include Kindle e-book sales, and an editor for the newspaper, Susan Weiss, said in a statement that the list now "reflects the new platforms consumers and readers are using to purchase books."

Even though e-book sales are still a tiny fraction of overall book sales, companies are rushing to get in the game.  And it has been a big week for e-books — as we reported yesterday on the World News Webcast, Barnes and Noble just launched a new e-book store to compete with Amazon.  If more competitors and formats pop up, counting bestsellers may turn out to be a lot tougher in the digital world.

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