The Australia Panel 3 (AP3)

Nielsen BookScan's Australia Panel 3 was launched in December 2002 after two years of panel expansion. In 2003 its value was $848 million, covering 85% of all retail trade sales to consumers in Australia. In 2002, Australia Panel 3 was ring fenced ie., no additional retailers will be added to the AP3 panel to allow for year-on-year, like-for-like comparisons.

Australia Panel 3 is the basis for the National Bestseller Charts for the media.

Nielsen BookScan has a TCM (Total Consumer Market) panel for the Australian market which contains the retailers contributing data to AP3, PLUS additional outlets selling books such as supermarkets, religious bookstores, newsagents, internet etc.

Nielsen BookScan Australia Panel 3 members






  • ABC
  • Collins Booksellers franchise stores 
  • Coles(from Dec 2009)
  • Dymocks
  • Kmart
  • Kinokuniya
  • Myer
  • QBD (from June 2012)
  • Runway News (AWPL)
  • The Co-op and ACBA (trade sales)
  • Big W
  • David Jones
  • LS Travel Retail (Newslink)
  • Target
  • Woolworths
  • Internet (various) includes Booktopia, Bookworld, The Nile
  • Weighted representation of general independent bookshops