As of this week, the Wall Street Journal is now including the top ten fiction and non-fiction e-books on their weekly bestseller lists. By including e-books, the WSJ joins the New York Times and USA Today, which were already covering bestselling e-books. However, unlike these other two publications, the WSJ uses Nielsen BookScan for their information about what is hot in the e-format.
The WSJ’s addition to expanded list of selling stats premiered last Saturday, with the e-bestsellers for the week that ended on October 23. In a statement about this addition, Nielsen BookScan stated that they will be mining data from “all major e-book retailers” and the lists are set to include any books topping that list that sell for ninety-nine cents or higher. That is to say, Nielsen will now be collecting data about e-book sales from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google.