Ten Things About Book Sales
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1. The Internet Public Library's page on All-Time Bestselling Books and Authors.
2. Nearly one hundred years in the making: CaderBooks.com's Bestseller Lists 1900-1995.
3. [Note up front: the service is extremely overpriced, in my opinion, but it's your money if you want to spend it this way]: The Book Standard "offers look-ups for single titles, and provides both weekly and year-to-date sales figures for any edition of any book from January 2004 to present . . .Look-ups start at $85 for one ISBN, $145 for two, $340 for five and $600 for ten." I'd wager that the best time to use this service is right before January 1st to get the most accurate year-to-date sales figure.
4. The number to call Ingram and check on book supply, demand, and YTD sales from the indies: 1-615-213-6803 (free, limited to 5 titles per call, and you will need the title's ISBN number to use this service.)
5. Making Books ~ The Bestseller Lists: Totting up book sales is not as simple as one, two, three By Marina Krakovsky.
6. Track your book sales and that of your competition on Amazon.com using Sales Rank Watcher freeware.
7. Sales Tracking: New Ways to Drive Yourself Absolutely Crazy by Karyn Langhorne
8. Track Amazon.com sales ranking and run comparisons online with the still-free-with-registration serviceTitle-Z.
9. The Book Industry's Best-Seller Lists: What are they, and why do they matter so much? by Eliza Truitt.
10. What do those rank numbers mean, exactly? Read Rampant Techpress's article Understanding Amazon Sales Rank.