Although I was unable to directly answer your question, the following
information may be of interest.
From the website:
"Book sales statistics have always been as much fiction as fact, and
book industry bestseller lists have often been criticized for their
methodology and inaccuracy.
That could change with the introduction of BookScan's marketing
information system, which can provide publishers with aggregated
point-of-sale information from the largest chain book retailers, and
soon from independent bookstores as well."
From the website:
"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOOKSCAN LAUNCHES SALES & MARKETING INFORMATION SYSTEM THAT AIMS TO
REDUCE RETURNS AND TRANSFORM PUBLISHING INDUSTRY MARKETING
OFFERS PUBLISHERS OVER 800 BESTSELLER LISTS AND POINT-OF-SALE
INFORMATION AGGREGATED FROM A MAJORITY OF THE BOOK RETAIL INDUSTRY
White Plains, NY, June 18, 2001-- BookScan, a VNU Retail Entertainment
Information Group (REI) company, launched today a sales and marketing
information system that offers subscriber publishers a
first-of-its-kind source of aggregated point-of-sale (POS)
information. With this data, subscriber publishers will have an
instrumental tool for reducing book returns, alerting publishers to
emerging marketing opportunities, and even assisting in long-range
BookScan provides subscriber publishers data provided from a majority
of the book retailing industry due to it's exclusive agreements with
Barnes and Noble, Inc., Barnesandnoble.com, Borders Group, Inc.,
Costco Wholesale, Hastings Entertainment, Ingram Book Company,
Musicland, and Target. BookScan is also in talks with the American
Booksellers Association to provide data from its independent
BookScan's various reports, delivered to subscriber publishers via a
proprietary website, update and provide publishers with over 800
bestseller lists broken down by subject, format (mass market,
hardcover, trade paper), region and metropolitan area. Bookscan will
also provide publishers on a weekly basis with updated marketing
reports on sales by subject, price point, demographics, and market
share. Individual title reports provide sales by eight major regions,
author, and 99 metropolitan areas.
After four years of development and testing, BookScan is now available
for sale to large and small publishers and will be demonstrated to
major publishers at appointments beginning next week. Subscription
price will be scaled according to the size of the publisher.
"We are excited to launch BookScan with data from a majority of the
book retail industry. Never before have publishers had quick,
convenient access to aggregated data from so many retailers," says Jim
King, vice president, sales and service for BookScan. "Our mandate is
to aid publishers in their quest to increase effective marketing to
consumers and to efficiently lower industry return rates."
To order, request a demonstration, or inquire about BookScan,
publishers may contact Jim King, vice president, sales and service, at
914-684-5537 or email@example.com.
BookScan is the sole online information service for the publishing
industry, tracking retail book sales via point-of-sale data. In
addition to BookScan, VNU Retail Entertainment Information Group (REI)
is home to SoundScan and VideoScan, which have transformed the music
and home video industries respectively by providing them with relevant
and actionable point-of-sale information. VNU is a leading
international media and information company. Its core activities are
marketing and media information, business information and directories.
VNU is active in more than 100 countries, spread across all
Jim King is vice president, sales and service for BookScan. He was
previously sales director at various publishers including Abbeville
Press, Publications International Ltd. and Facts on File, as well as
store manager at the Brazos Bookstore in Houston Texas."
From the website:
This site carries several best seller lists but, does not give sales
in units per title.
I'll continue to search for an acceptable answer to your request.