In a major case for synchronicity, USA Today announced yesterday, just as I was putting up the week’s eBook bestsellers here on this blog, that they will be the first major media outlet to include eBooks on their list, specifically sales figures from the Kindle.
“Kindle sales will now count in USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list. Starting today, USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list becomes the first major list to include Amazon Kindle e-book sales. The move reflects both the growth of e-book sales and Kindle’s role in that market.”
One problem…though the newspaper includes a bevy of romance titles, I’m not seeing any eBooks notated in their Top 150, Kindle or otherwise. In fact, the legend at the top of their list designates only (H) for hardback, and (P) for paperback, no (K) for Kindle, or (E) for electronic books. If Kindle sales have been added to the mix, I’m not clear on how they figure into the formula used to calculate the list.
Still, it’s an acknowledgment from the major media that eBooks do exist as a viable reading format (they accounted for almost 5% of all book sales in May, up from 3.7% the two months before).
eBook Bestsellers Lists to Continue on Kindling Romance
While I’m thrilled by the above news, this blog will continue to provide eBook only bestseller lists each Wednesday. The major difference between the USA Today list and the Kindling Romance lists, that of focusing solely on romance eBooks, provides, I believe, a useful look at the industry for writers and readers as it continues to evolve.