Need to find book sales stats
August 4, 2009 11:04 AM Subscribe
How can I find sales stats and chart statistics for books released over the past 30 years?
posted by arniec to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am working on a research project regarding Star Wars novels. I know that many tout "New York Times Bestseller" on the covers; I am interested in finding out which ones were indeed NYTimes Bestsellers, when, for how long, etc.
Is there any way to look up bestseller status by book, rather than just looking at every Times Bestseller list from 1977 to now?
(Bonus points if there's any way to find out how many copies of the books sold, or a breakdown to hardcover and paperback release).
PS: I realize that often there are services that require a fee for such information. I'm willing to pay perhaps 3 figures for this information if I MUST but any association over $1,000 is outside of feasibility for me.
PPS: Yes, I've contacted the publishers. They don't have this information in a ready-to-share format.