How can authors of books and book chapters track the impact of their published works? Several ways include:
- How many libraries hold the book in their collections? Check WorldCat to find how many libraries have a record for the book in their collections.
- Is the book noted on any Best Seller lists?
- Are there any book reviews? To find book reviews, check bibliographic databases that index book reviews, Google Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, publisher websites, to name a few. Some reviews are available in video format.
- Are there any discussions about the book in the Amazon Customer Discussion forum?
- Is the book available in an e-reader format as well as print?
- Has the book been publicly recommended on Google+?
- Has the book been tweeted on Twitter?
- Is the book noted on a publisher’s best-seller list?
- What are the sales figures for the book?
- Has the book been included in bibliographies?
- Has the book or book chapter been cited in subsequent publications? Some bibliographic databases provide citation data to book or book chapters from scholarly literature. One example of a database is the Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index.
- Has the author been invited to present on the topic related to the book or book chapter?
- Has the author been invited to book signings?
- Are there subsequent editions to the book?
- Are there any translations of the book?
- Has your book been awarded any prizes such as the PROSE Award or noted by an organization as having made a significant contribution to a field?