February 1, 2005

News & Opinion: The Big Books of 2004

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 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.