Saturday, February 12, 2011

NYT ebook best seller list excludes self-published books

wannabuy over on E-book Comments just mentioned the fine print on the NYT best seller list:

"Among the categories not actively tracked at this time are: perennial sellers, required classroom reading, textbooks, reference and test preparation guides, journals, workbooks, calorie counters, shopping guides, comics, crossword puzzles and self-published books."


  1. Boooooo. In time the giants will is in the wind.

  2. The perception at the 'top' is always different than the reality on the ground.

    Soon enough, it won't make any sense to exclude 'self-published' titles and the protocols will change.

  3. Surely you can't be surprised. Self-published books are crap and everybody knows it. And my apologies for calling you Shirley.

  4. Their loss. We will prove them WRONG!!

    The Arrival, only .99c on Amazon

  5. First, thanks for the hattip.

    What is the point of excluding self published from the list? Right now, there are only two self published books that could make the list.

    I do appreciate the NY times having all the details in the small print. But after reading the small print, I'm doing a little more than saying hmmm...

    I already have my response canned when anyone says that no 'self published author has made the NY Times best seller list.' ;)


  6. LOL to Drake (above).

    You can just hear the hammering of boards across the inside of the castle drawbridge of the publishers' castle. Instead of looking for ways to be relevant to self-publishers, they are settling in for a seige. The NYT bestseller list was probably invented by publishers as an ad tool for selling papper anyways.

    There will, of course, be a shakeout in the ebook industry too. In the long-run, the market will filter out the crap and new "bestsellers" in self-publishing will emerge.

    Fight the good fight!

  7. "You can just hear the hammering of boards across the inside of the castle drawbridge of the publishers' castle"

    Heard that. We're seeing resistance in strange places. Some of the greatest critics of the e-revolution are traditionally pubbed authors. Ironically, those of us who paid attention to the music industry during the nineties know exactly what happened to those same hold-outs. The labels are irrelevant now at best, and almost extinct. The vast majority of them went belly up, and the majority of musicians are now "indie's" and some of them are making a heck of a lot of money. Money or not, they're all better off than they were with big corporations looming over their heads.

  8. Here's a very funny spoof of that gawdawful NYT commercial:

    My opinion of the Great Gray Lady? Paul Krugman has a blog, therefore the NYT is totally obsolete.

    None of this is surprising. The Times has long been cozy with the big NY publishing houses. It's all just one dinosaur preening the feathers of another. They're worried that if Amanda Hocking shows up on the NYT best seller list, then it's all over. Which it basically is anyway.

    But what about the other items on that list? What exactly is a "perennial seller"? What qualifies? The Bible? The Joy of Cooking? And if a comic book sells a bajillion copies, that's not tracked either? A self-help book can make it, but if somebody writes the most insightful and useful and successful shopping guide of all time, that's not a NYT best seller?

    Lastly, you gotta love the weasel words. "Among the categories..." Oh, so what else is under the rug, granny? "not actively tracked..." So not tracked at all? What would passive tracking be, an intern with a few Google alerts? Or something more like my dating strategy? "at this time..." As if they just haven't gotten around to it yet. They've been so busy covering Bansky's latest bowel movement and that new line of black wool leggings. Whatever.

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