Altmetric in the News

New data offers a more comprehensive view of online sharing and discussion for thousands of books

Tuesday 5 September 2017 — London, UK — Data science company Altmetric today announced it has started tracking attention to books listed on Amazon, providing further insights into the online discussions and engagement relating to individual titles.

This new capability has already produced huge volumes of attention data – in just a few days Altmetric has found over 145,000 new mentions of 3,000 Amazon-listed books from Twitter, and over 20,000 mentions from other sources such as news, blogs and policy documents. Around 2 million mentions a year that relate directly to an Amazon record for a book are expected.

This data will be combined with attention data Altmetric is already tracking to the publisher and Google hosted version of books. Together the data is then disambiguated to provide a real-time report of engagement in the Altmetric details pages, accessible via the embeddable Badges and Explorer platform.


Altmetric Badges for Books customer Amy Brand, Director of MIT Press, comments, “Understanding the engagement that takes place around our books is really important both to our internal teams, and with regards to the service that we are able to provide to our authors. Capturing attention for those hosted on Amazon is a key part of this picture, and we’re looking forward to exploring the data further.”

Altmetric’s Head of Implementation and Support, Natalia Madjarevic, comments, “We’re really excited to be able to offer this new data to our users. One book can exist in many different places online, and by disambiguating between them and presenting these insights in an accessible format we’re pleased to deliver real value to authors and editors.”

Amazon tracking is live now, and the attention data is accessible via Altmetric badges and Explorer platform.

For more information on integrations and access options please contact or register today for the upcoming webinar: Altmetric for Books: Exploring the Amazon – 3pm BST/10am EDT, 14 September 2017.


About Altmetric
Altmetric was founded in 2011 and has made it a mission to track and analyse the online activity around scholarly literature. It collates what people are saying about published research outputs in sources such as the mainstream media, policy documents, social networks, blogs and other scholarly and non-scholarly forums to provide a more robust picture of the influence and reach of scholarly work. Altmetric works with some of the biggest publishers, funders and institutions around the world to deliver this data in an accessible and reliable format.

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About Digital Science
Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities at key points along the full cycle of research. It invests in and incubates research software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery. Its portfolio companies include a host of leading brands including Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, Labguru, Overleaf, ReadCube, GRID, Symplectic and ÜberResearch. It is operated by global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.