Thursday, November 11, 2010

NY Times to add e-book best seller rankings

The New York TimesIn case you haven't already heard, the New York Times has announced that after the first of the year it will add rankings of e-book best sellers.

No, those rankings won't be decided only upon Amazon's listings, which is as it should be. Amazon might be King, but the pie is growing larger all the time.

Actually, it's somewhat mysterious how the NYT will put together this ranking list, but I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. No conspiracy theories here. The NYT book rankings have always been somewhat complicated, based upon figures from different sources, including retailers, data-tracking companies such as Royalty Share, etc.

One thing this means for indie writers is that this opens up yet another door for the indies to compete with the big print publishers. If an indie writer can really push his or her e-book, with some help and some luck it's not impossible that writer couldn't make it onto those NYT rankings.

Good luck trying, everybody.

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