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How do book sales rankings work?

Asked by occ (4083points) January 8th, 2008

If a book is, say, # 50,000 in Amazon sales rankings, is there any way to know how many copies it is selling? Is there that much of a difference between # 50,000 and # 100,000? My guess would be that the top 1000 books are the ones that are really selling a lot, and the others probably are selling between 1–100 copies a week. What is considered a respectable number of copies for a book to sell, anyway? Does anyone have more concrete information?

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Rankings are calculated by sales and are updated hourly.

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