Why is every book a Nytimes bestseller?

They finalize the rankings based on sales data as well as reports and details provided by bookstores. There are plenty of best-seller lists out there, but The New York Times best-seller list is considered the most prestigious one.

Why do books have New York Times best sellers?

“The Times’s best-seller lists are based on a detailed analysis of book sales from a wide range of retailers who provide us with specific and confidential context of their sales each week,” said New York Times spokesperson Jordan Cohen in a statement to Vox.

How is everything a New York Times bestseller?

To achieve bestseller status on the Times not only do you have to sell at least 5,000 – 10,000 copies in one week, but these sales have to be diverse sales. That is, you cannot sell 10,000 books to a pre-existing list of followers through a personal website or thousands from only one marketplace like Barnes and Noble.

Can a self-published book become a New York Times bestseller?

Without bookstore distribution (combined with a heck of a lot of promotion), it’s impossible for a book to make it to the list. But don’t give up hope just yet! The New York Times also features a bestseller list for ebooks, which is compiled based on sales reported from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Google.

How is every book best selling?

Every single bestseller list either measures a limited number of sales in a few places, or far worse, it’s a curated list and a small group of people are deciding what to put on their list. And they’re picking books based on what they think are important books, not based on what is actually selling.


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