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Do The Bestseller Lists Need Recalibration?

Posted at 8:46AM Tuesday 10 Dec 2013

For many readers how a bestseller list is created and what methodologies are used are of little interest. For many years, the bestseller lists didn't even include digital book sales. Both USA Today and NYTimes were forced to include those sales once digital books became a serious percentage of overall sales. But now you have to wonder what those lists mean anymore. Is it just a measure of "what America is buying?" If so, is that useful to readers? or have bestseller lists lost both their efficacy and importance?

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