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Web Accessibility and Information Literacy Books

Posted by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus) on 11 July 2008

Web Accessibility book coverInformaton Literacy Meets Library 2.0  book coverI’m pleased to report that two books which I’ve contributed to have been published this year. I’ve previously mentioned Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0, by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker (published by Facet Publishing and also available from Amazon). In addition Web Accessibility: Practical Advice for the Library and Information Professional by Jenny Craven, which is also published by Facet Publishing and available from Amazon, also contains a chapter by me.

My contributions to these two publications reflect various posts I’m published in this blog – a chapter which introduces Web 2.0 technologies is given in the Information Literacy book (this book, incidentally has been reviewed on the Joeyanne Libraryanne blog) and a description of the limitations of WAI’s approach to Web accessibility with a description of the holistic approach to Web accessibility concludes the Web Accessibility book. So rather than revisiting these topics, let me give some thoughts on the statistics on the sales of these book available on the Amazon Web site.

The ranking for Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0 on 10 July 2008 is:

Amazon.co.uk Sales Rank: 405,869 in Books

and for Web Accessibility: Practical Advice for the Library and Information Professional on the same date:

Amazon.co.uk Sales Rank: 370,249 in Books

My colleague Emma Tonkin brought to my attention an article on Inside the Amazon Sales Rank. This in turn links to another article on page on Amazon Sales Rank For Books which contains a couple of embedded YouTube videos which expand on the discussions. It seems that the Amazon sales ranks reflect the following numbers of sales:

Ranking Sales per day
1 3,000
10 650
100 100
1,000 13
10,000 2.2 (11 copies every 5 days)
100,000 0.2 (1 copy every 5 days)

This table has been produced by publishers who correlated their sales figures with the Amazon ranking figures. But it occurs to me that with Amazon publishing these figures in a consistent fashion on their Web site it should be possible to automate the harvesting of such data, and perhaps carry out trend analyses. And for scholarly publications available from Amazon might an institution find it valuable to aggregate data for books published by staff from the institution? Or maybe it will just be the individual authors who would like to receive an alert when their publication rises up the Amazon ranking table?

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