February 1, 2005

News & Opinion: The Big Books of 2004

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:35 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Bookscan is a Nielsen service that collects retail checkout data from around the country. It has been classically used by publishers and distributors to get a better handle on what it going on in the stores.
The Book Standard is working the Bookscan to make some of this data more publicly available. If you are interested in publishing, there is an interesting article on what titles and authors were driving sales in 2004. They also offer a premium service where they let you see best-seller lists based on Bookscan data (sorry no sales numbers). For some reason, there is no cut on the genre of business books. I asked them about it and they said it made sense to add it. They were also very nice and sent me an Excel file with this week's list. I found alot of similarities to the WSJ list.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.