Following discussions within the trade, Booksellers NZ has decided to discontinue the Premier Bestsellers programme.
This programme was established some years ago to provide publishers with the opportunity of being able to “sticker” books that had attained certain levels in sales as recorded by the respective publishers.
To be awarded Premier Bestseller status, a book needed to have sold certain number of copies, and publishers needed to apply for the status and pay an accreditation fee.
The programme has not proved popular in recent years with only two or three publishers applying each year.
“Aside from the loss of interest by the majority of publishers, the programme has also become widely misunderstood,” said Lincoln Gould, CEO of Booksellers NZ.
The list of books awarded bronze, silver, gold or platinum status had, until yesterday, been on the Booksellers NZ website.
“Media often refer to the premier listings as a definitive list of the New Zealand books that have sold the most over the years. As a result, there has been concern expressed that many bestselling authors have been left off the list.
“However, the list only contains those books which publishers have applied for,” said Lincoln.
Good. I can’t claim the credit – the people at Booksellers knew there was a problem – but it’s still a win.