The New York Times will debut its new e-book bestsellers list as well as a new list that combines all print and e-book sales figures in its February 13 Sunday edition. The combined list, which borrows the idea used by USA Today, will presumably identify the hottest selling adult book of a particular week across all formats. At least for the first week, the addition of e-books didn't alter the top-selling fiction and nonfiction titles, with Tick Tock landing at #1 in fiction in the print and combined lists and Unbroken occupying the top spot in nonfiction on the combined and print lists.
But merging all print formats along with e-books does give a different look to the combined list, which is likely to emerge as the most important of the various New York Times's rankings. In fiction, sales fromthe trade and mass market paperback editions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, along with e-book sales, pushed those titles to the top of the combined charts.
At this point, print sales seem to carry more weight than e-books in getting a title high on the combined list. The mass market edition of Marrying Daisy Bellamy debuted at #1 on the mass market list and was #8 on the combined list despite an 18th- place showing on the e-book list. The importance of print sales is also clearly seen on the nonfiction lists, where Inside of a Dog, #2 in trade paperback, did not appear on the e-book list (and was about 1,100th in the Kindle store last week), but came in at #9 on the combined nonfiction list.
New York Times Best Sellers
|Combined Rank||Title||Print Rank||E-Book Rank|
|1.||Tick Tock by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge (Little, Brown)||1||1|
|2.||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf Doubleday)||5**3***||2|
|3.||The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (Knopf Doubleday)||7**7***||3|
|4.||The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Knopf Doubleday)||2||4|
|5.||Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Algonquin)||1**||5|
|6.||The Confession by John Grisham (Knopf Doubleday)||9||6|
|7.||Cutting for Stone by Abraham Stone (Knopf Doubleday)||2**||7|
|8.||Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs (Harlequin)||1***||18|
|9.||The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Penguin)||5||9|
|10.||The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central)||3||15|
|1.||Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)||1||1|
|2.||Heaven Is for Real by Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson)||1**||2|
|3.||Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua (Penguin)||2||3|
|4.||Decision Points by George Bush (Crown)||6||4|
|5.||The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene (Knopf Doubleday)||4||8|
|6.||Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff (Little, Brown)||5||6|
|7.||The Next Decade by George Friedman (Knopf Doubleday)||3||17|
|8.||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown)||8||7|
|9.||Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz (Simon & Schuster)||2**||NA|
|10.||Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain (Univ. of Calif. Press)||7||19|
• For week ending January 30. **Trade paperback. ***Mass market paperback. All other print editions are hardcovers.
• Source: The New York Times, Publishers Weekly.