Bookscan for authors

OK. So it’s not wikileaks, but the secret world of book sales has become a little less secret. The New York Times reports that Amazon has opened up Nielsen Bookscan data for authors signed up to author central:

In a move to provide authors with a service their publishers have not, Amazon is making current Nielsen BookScan sales data available to authors on its site, the company announced Thursday. Authors typically wait six months or more to receive royalty statements from publishers, which contain book-sales information.

Authors with books for sale on Amazon who have signed up to use Author Central, the site’s free author portal, will be able to see the book-sales information starting Thursday morning.

But…

BookScan’s sales tallies do not currently include sales of e-books, for the Kindle or other devices.

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