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Amber Stults tweeted a link to an article in the L.A. Times, announcing that Amazon is now offering access to Bookscan data through the Amazon Author Central program.

I’ve checked my Author Central page, and what do you know — I’ve got pages and pages of shiny, wonderful sales data.  This appears to be pretty much the full Bookscan data for all of my books, not just the Amazon sales.

ETA: Amazon is providing a four-week window of sales data.  Meaning you’ll be able to see how your books are doing over the past four weeks, but won’t be able to check back to see sales from six months ago.

They’re also providing more information about Amazon ranks tracked over time for your books.

If you need me, I’ll be having a datagasm…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


Dec. 9th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
I find the week-to-week helpful right after the book comes out, to compare how it's doing to previous releases. But after those first few months, it's the longer-term data and trends that I find most useful.
Dec. 9th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
I should have been clearer, too--the data not interesting *to me*. 'Cos I don't do numbers AT ALL.

That said, another useful point is the map, so we can see where the book is selling best. Mine have a few interesting hot spots, and some that I can correlate to other things (like, the first book is selling well in the Salt Lake City area, probably because it's the Beehive Book Award winner from this year. Stuff like that).

Also interesting: to correlate hot spots to hits on my website. I could have predicted the good sales numbers for the San Francisco area based on how often my site gets hit from there.

Anyway. Yeah. Interesting.
Dec. 9th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
My agent discovered that Fred Meyer had begun stocking the goblin books earlier this year based on geographic anomalies in the Bookscan data :-) (I think he pores over this stuff even more than I do!)

Hadn't thought about comparing web site hits to Bookscan data. Oh, great -- one more correlation to study. Thanks a lot, Sarah!


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