|ECPA Bestseller Lists |
Overview and Criteria
- Top 50 Books
- Top 20 Fiction
- Top 20 Non-Fiction
- Top 20 Juvenile
- Top 20 Bibles
- Top 20 Books Under $10
- Top 20 Books Under $5
- Top 25 Multi-Channel
- Top 10 Bible Translations (published quarterly)
The ECPA Bestseller lists are compiled monthly and are based on actual sales through various retail outlets nationwide. Bestseller lists serve as a helpful tool for many different industry stakeholders:
ECPA's lists represent a broad swath of categories and titles and are cleaned to represent the best selection of titles published by companies with active Evangelical publishing programs. Each list is created using four consecutive, one-week sales periods and then labeled as the following month's bestseller list. ECPA endeavors to compile the lists as closely to the first of each month as possible to account for any late releases which might qualify for a place on one of the lists.
- Editorial, marketing, publicity and other publishing departments and professionals
- Readers and book buyers
In order for a list to qualify it must first have sufficient sales to rank in the top number of unique titles for its respective category. Occasionally titles may not be included on a list because they have been incorrectly categorized, either by the book's publishing house or by a third-party database. ECPA is not responsible for missing or inaccurate data and it's effect on a title's place on one of our bestseller lists.
A qualifying title must have sales in at least 20% of reporting stores during at least one week of the four-week reporting cycle. This is to offset any titles that have exceptional sales due to micro-regional sales activity (church events, special orders, etc.) Additionally, titles that are not offered to our reporting store partners at a trade discount are not eligible for listing. Holiday-specific titles (i.e., titles containing Christmas that are holiday-related) may be excluded from the lists. Because the lists are published based on historical data, many times the holiday in question may have already passed, meaning the list is no longer as helpful for booksellers and book buyers. On all non-bible lists, only books with a retail value over $5 USD are included, all other titles are listed on our monthly Top 25 under $5 list. This is because lower price point titles have a greater chance of selling in bulk quantities and can skew the results when mixed with typical trade paper and hardcover price points.
Currently all of the ECPA lists, with the exception of the Multi-Channel Top 25, are based on sales of books through approximately 400 Christian retail stores nationwide. The multi-channel list includes sales of titles through Christian retailers, General Trade retail stores and online Christian book sales.
The ECPA Christian Bestseller lists
are available to everyone. To receive monthly notice in your inbox of the new list:
- You must first be logged in to your profile on the ECPA Community Site (or Create A Profile if you have not already done so).
you do not know whether you are already in the ECPA community database --
or if you do not know your username or password in our system -- then
click on "Forgot Your Password" in the left margin and follow
the prompts to reset your password assigned to the email we have on
you do not have a profile, you will be asked to "Create A
Profile" (link at upper left above ECPA logo).
creating a new profile, you will be asked about your company's ECPA member
status. If you are an employee of an ECPA member company, choose the
member type of your company. (You can double-check your company's member status
by entering the company name in "Community Search" and viewing
the company's profile. ) If you do not work for an ECPA member company,
you may sign up as an Individual non-member.
you are signed in to your profile, you may determine what publications and
program information to receive from ECPA through the "Manage
Profile" selection on the left, then navigating to "Edit
"Additional Information," scroll down to Bestsellers and to the ECPA program/s you wish to receive updates on, and
If you have any questions about the ECPA Bestseller List program, please contact Cindy Carter