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In ten countries, spanning five continents, the complex world of book publishing and selling has been transformed by Nielsen BookScan.

Nielsen BookScan collects the retail sales information from point of sale systems in more than 35,500 bookshops around the world, BookScan is able to present sales information in a variety of ways, including by the market size and share of different book categories, and by individual publishers, specific imprints, authors and price points. In most countries, statistics are also available by actual sales price and consumer discount levels. And because every single title making a sale is reported, the information covers specialised categories and small imprints as well as data relating to the major players.

Nielsen BookScan data is accessed via the Internet, and uses powerful web-based data delivery and analysis systems to provide reliable, sales-related information for booksellers, publishers, libraries and the media, around the world, around the clock.

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About Nielsen Book
Nielsen has four key brands: Registration Agencies (ISBN and SAN Agencies for UK & Ireland, ISTC), BookData, BookNet and BookScan. The Nielsen BookData service provides comprehensive, enriched and timely bibliographic data worldwide. There is a range of information services for booksellers, libraries and publishers in 100 countries around the world. The Nielsen BookNet service provides value-added transaction services to the industry. The Nielsen BookScan service provides the world’s only continuous retail monitoring service for English-language books in the UK, Ireland, US, Australia, South Africa, Italy, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain and India. The company launched LibScan in 2009, allowing the collection and analysis of library borrowing data. To-date, 70 UK public library authorities have joined the panel and the aim is to continue building this number. The group employs 120 staff in the UK. The company is wholly owned by Nielsen.  For more information, please visit:

About Nielsen
Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows and related assets. The company has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA. For more information on Nielsen, visit

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