Contributor Terri Winaught – New York Times to Chart Bestselling E-books

The New York Times will start publishing e-book bestseller lists in early 2011, gathering info from e-book retailers such as Amazon.

In recognition of the growing foothold of the digital book format, the New York Times is to introduce bestseller lists dedicated solely to e-books. “The vibrant growth of digital publishing has created a need for an impartial, reliable source for tracking and reporting the top-selling

[e-books] across the country,” Janet Elder, the paper’s editor of news surveys, said in a statement Thursday.  “The Times is a trusted brand within the book publishing industry and with consumers.”

To determine the e-book bestseller lists – set to debut early in 2011 tracking fiction and non-fiction titles – staffers will rank sales aggregated from online e-book sellers after verifying the data. The newspaper will partner with an outside transaction-tallying company, RoyaltyShare, to validate the sales figures.

The results will appear in the books section of both print and online editions of the paper, where

The bestseller list, introduced in 1935, is widely considered a publishing industry benchmark for success.

The market for e-books has skyrocketed in recent years, with Amazon’s pioneering Kindle reader facing competition from improved smart phones as well as more recent tablet computers and e-readers such as Apple’s iPad, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Sony’s Reader and Indigo’s Kobo.

E-books accounted for about nine per cent of total book sales in the U.S. during the first eight months of 2010, an increase of more than 190 per cent from the year before, according to the Association of American Publishers. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos reported in July that e-book sales for the Kindle had surpassed hardcover book sales at the online retail giant.

I’m interested to hear in future Readers’ Forums from any of you who have used any or all of the E-readers mentioned in this article.  Which did you find most accessible and which devices were problematic?  Since both the American Council of the Blind (ACB), and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) have expressed concerns in the past regarding inaccessible features of the Kindle, how many Ziegler readers have tried the Kindle and felt the same way?

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