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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Today, Amazon is launching a new bestseller list called Amazon Charts, which will track the top 20 books that have sold the best on any given week and the 20 books being read the most. ... Charts is also an opportunity for Amazon to utilize what it describes as a purely data-driven list, eschewing the editorial latitude that some lists have by presenting a list that's driven entirely by sales and reading data, compiled from the data the Kindle and Audible users generate.




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"Many well-known bestseller lists today add, remove, or re-rank books based on editorial considerations and customers have asked for a bestseller list that is based on reading engagement and sales data," David Naggar, Amazon's vice president says, "rather than an opinion-based list of what books they should be paying attention to."


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There goes my plans to write a book that only repeats a single word over and over.

If I pick the right word, I was hoping for some help from the self-important critics.

Now, I've got to be put up to the judgement of people who would actually read the book?

It's social darwinism, I tells ya!

#1 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-19 07:13 AM | Reply

Whatever is the most popular must be the best.

#2 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-19 07:49 AM | Reply

Whatever is the most popular must be the best.

I wouldn't use the word "best", but "most value".

Its creating a metric that allows people to see what books are actually read and how much, to help people select a book themselves.

So its not the "most popular", its the "most read".

This ameliorates, currently; authors, groups and distributors, buying books in bulk to get the book on the BestSeller lists.

We see this when Churches buy books in bulk to pass out to parishioners.

My only issue with this is that I use kindle for books I am not super interested in, may or may not get through, but want to check out to see, its cheap. I typically buy books I really want to read.

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-05-19 12:56 PM | Reply

So its not the "most popular", its the "most read".


actually, wouldn't it be 'most bought'. doesn't really tell you which is most popular or especially, most read.

for reference, i bought a hardcover book in 1978 (to get sex - don't ask) and i still haven't read it.

it wasn't worth it!

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-20 05:59 AM | Reply

I have no doubt such lists make shopping easier, especially for good fiction.

#5 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-20 07:12 AM | Reply

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