The popularity of e-book readers such as the Kindle, Nook and iPad has prompted the New York Times to begin publishing e-book fiction and nonfiction lists. The newspaper currently reports best-sellers in 14 separate lists including fiction, nonfiction, advice books, children’s books and graphic novels, but the rankings are based on print editions alone.
E-book sales account for about ten percent of total trade sales, according to major publishers. Some experts expect that figure to rise to 25 percent in the next few years.
The newspaper has been developing the tracking system for e-book sales for two years and will begin publishing their e-book best-selling lists in fiction and non-fiction early in 2011.
The list should be a boon to independent publishers and self-publishing authors eager to reach audiences.
The NY Times released an update for the iPad version of their app on November 2nd, fixing some bugs and offering iPad users access four of their most popular sections. Unlimited access to all sections of the newspaper is available after registering for a free NYTimes.com account. However the expanded unlimited access will be free only until – you guessed it – early 2011.