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col
08-09-2007, 04:18 AM
Can anyone tell me of any Free websites that offer ACCURATE sales statics on books? I am looking for how many published, how many sold, etc.

Any info will help. Thanks

benbradley
08-09-2007, 05:34 AM
Can anyone tell me of any Free websites that offer ACCURATE sales statics on books?
Probably not, I'm not even sure about PAY websites that offer this.
[quote=col;1532760]I am looking for how many published, how many sold, etc.

Any info will help. Thanks

This question has been asked and answered in this thread:
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1249458
and probably a few others here as well.

Lauri B
08-09-2007, 03:45 PM
I don't know of any free websites that do this. Nielsen Bookscan covers sales to most of the chains ,but it costs quite a lot. Amazon's numbers are useless. I really don't know of any others. Sorry.

aka eraser
08-09-2007, 07:36 PM
You need to trust your publisher and study those numbers hidden amongst the gooble-dee-gook in your statements.

Jaws
08-10-2007, 06:56 PM
One can't even trust one's publisher. Sorry, but one of the dirty little secrets of publishing is that nobody really knows, and — worse — nobody is really interested in truly accurate numbers (except the author, who gets paid that way).

col
08-10-2007, 08:34 PM
Thanks for everyone's info. I just wanted to know for my competition section of my book proposal. I assumed you had to list the competing books stats.

aka eraser
08-12-2007, 07:21 PM
Thanks a LOT Jaws!

I guess I should have said "try" to trust your publisher.

Jeepers, next thing you know, somebody'll come along and claim that lawyers aren't trustworthy....

Jaws
08-12-2007, 07:25 PM
Jeepers, next thing you know, somebody'll come along and claim that lawyers aren't trustworthy....
Just sign this routine nondisclosure agreement here... and you can ignore the part about "first-born child," it's just boilerplate.

Codger
08-13-2007, 04:03 PM
Short answer - Book sales info is not available to the lowly author. It's a black art.

The publisher knows exactly how many books were distributed to retailers. Unknown is exactly how many went through the cash register, and at what price.

westcoast
08-22-2007, 09:37 PM
The best answer I've found to this question is on this link:
http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=133616

This has worked well for me, and seems to have info for most titles.For the full answer, visit the link above, but the gist of what it says is pasted below.

Best of luck!


Information on finding book sales statistics:

The absolute best source of data is available by phone (automated)
through Ingram. However, this will only provide you with sales made
through Ingram – the standard multiplier used to estimate system-wide
sales is 6.

First, the phone number you need to call is – (615) 213-6803

Be prepared to punch in the book’s ISBN number (can be found on amazon). Ingram provides both inventory and sales data.

Ingram reports inventory data as follows:
509 copies in warehouses
312 copies on order
8 copies on back order

And sales data:
Unadjusted demand 1,367
Last week adjusted demand 721
***Sales this year – 30,557

I am not sure what the demand metrics reference exactly; however, if you call every week they will give you some sense of how
demand for the book is changing.

Multiplying the sales number by 6 gives us about 183,000 sales this
year. Since the book was published this year, Ingram reports zero
sales for last year; it would report the actual sales had there been
any.

I checked the multiplier with an author-friend, and it comes pretty
darn close. His agent actually uses a multiplier of 10, but given
that we have seen the multiplier work for my friend's book, "10" seems
to be a bit too liberal.

Another good data source is JungleScan –

http://www.junglescan.com/

JungleScan tracks Amazon sales rank data; while it won’t give you the
number of books sold, it will provide a good indicator of demand and
trends.

awatkins
08-22-2007, 09:42 PM
I think Jungle Scan is gone.