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The New York Times Is Giving E-Books Their Own Own Best-Seller List!

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Wow! This is a pretty huge step!

Because of the growing popularity and sales of e-books, The New York Times announced yesterday that they will be publishing a best-seller list in both digitally published fiction and non-fiction!

Janet Elder, the editor of news surveys and election analysis for The New York Times, explains:

“We’ve had our eye on e-book sales since e-books began. It was clear that e-books were taking a greater and greater share of total sales, and we wanted to be able to tell our readers which titles were selling and how they fit together with print sales.”

Sam Tanenhuas, the editor of the Book Review, continues:

“To give the fullest and most accurate possible snapshot of what books are being read at a given moment you have to include as many different formats as possible, and e-books have really grown, there’s no question about it.”

Wow! It's amazing to us that so many people have opted for the iPad and Kindle in lieu of a good ole' hard copy!

We don't know…there's something about actual print on paper that we can't seem to tear ourselves away from!

What do U think?? Do U prefer e-books to regular books?

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20 comments to “The New York Times Is Giving E-Books Their Own Own Best-Seller List!”

  1. 1

    "…there's something about actual print on paper that we can't see to tear ourselves away from." Really? You do realize that your own success is due to people getting information from your website DIGITALLY?
    I love my Barnes & Noble nook, one of the best purchases I ever made.

  2. 2

    I prefer actual books to be honest, there's just something more fufilling about closing it and putting it down.

  3. 3

    I was skeptical at first about E-Books but now im totally in love with my kindle.

  4. 4

    So sad! I don't want e-books to replace normal books! Books are going to be free for all soon (illegal downloads). So so sad. I wished people would have some sort of ethics.

  5. 5

    I have a Kindle, and I love it. But, I don't love looking at the list of most read books on the Amazon sight. When I look to see what I want to buy next, the list is very top heavy with free books, and classics. I want to see what's on the 'real' best sellers list.

  6. 6

    I definitely prefer actual books. love being able to turn the pages while reading..

  7. 7

    Kindle all the way. I have read more in the past year than ever before. It's easier to get the book than driving down to the B&N and buying. Plus with 38 books on my reader i can get another 900 or so. Nice library.

  8. 8

    I still prefer real books - I don't like reading longtime on screen - even if it is an ipad or a special reader, sorry - but I love the idea of having tons of books and no space problem.

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  10. 10

    Why does it have to one or the other? Kindle can't be beat for people who travel a lot and if you want something new to read at midnight it is perfect. I also have a love for real books and will never stop buying them.

  11. 11

    As an avid reader, i prefer regular books, they dont need batteries and there is nothing better than sitting in a comfy chair with your favourite snack and drink and reading a new book. However, i speak as someone who does alot of lengthy traveling, books weigh lots when packed and take up room, sometimes, E-books come in handy when space saving. But i love looking at my bookshelf right now and seeing that its so full, i need to make room for another set of shelves.

  12. 12

    I have a Sony E reader and I love it. It's great for me becuase I have a two hour train commute to work (one way) I just find it easier when i'm nearing the end of a book I don't habe to carry around an extra… too heavy

  13. 13

    Real books please! I work on a computer all day and I also read for pleasure every day. I want my books to be on paper, not another computer!

  14. 14

    I know I would love it… I could put ikindle on my phone but there is something about holding a book I love. I may be into the digital stuff but nothing is better than a good old book sometimes

  15. 15

    Long live the paper book! You can't sign a freaking I-pad (and I happen to do author events for a living). Besides, what fun is it to curl up with a Kindle? :(

  16. 16

    Re: tallchick – they don't require batteries, they charge up like a cell phone.

    I love the smell of a real book, but I find my reader handy

  17. 17

    For the non-Kindle people who don't want to read off of a screen, have you ever checked one out? The screen looks just like a book. It's not back-lit so it doesn't strain your eyes. You can change the font size to your preference, also. I've never had a problem with glare. The screen really looks just like a book- ink blots and all. Also, it shows your progress by percentage instead of page numbers, which I love!

  18. 18

    Totally Awesome! I've got an ebook on amazon.com (a fantasy/love story)and though that one is far from a best seller I may have more ebooks published in the future. Who knows - maybe one of my novels will make the list some day. Thanks for this tid-bit Perez.

  19. 19

    yes I prefer ebooks. for a fraction of the cost of a regular book, you can usually get whatever you want instantly and without having to drive to a bookstore to get it. And its only getting better, with more and more books becoming available in this format.

  20. 20

    one major point, THEYRE NOT AS HEAVY! i used to carry books with me all the time and they stretched and ripped my purses apart!
    but now i can have TEN books with me and not feel a thing.

    plus, i was also worried about the feel of it. but after the first ten pages i caught myself saying, "i dont wanna loose my page" as i set my kindle down. silly me, i dont have pages anymore!

    another note, its a good investment to buy a cover. gives you that "book" feel and protects your screen from scratches that can distract you