Originally Posted by hapax legomenon
Not to be flip, but who cares about Bestseller List anymore (except the companies with dinosaur business models)?
Unfortunately, the public still does. People check the bestseller lists when they don't know what's out there to read. Many of those tend to search out books on those lists, which in turn spurs more sales. And if the lists weren't so popular, they wouldn't be printing them.
So the bestseller lists continue to drive the general public, especially the casual reader, into the bookstores, and away from e-books.