Posted on October 21, 2022 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The definition of and formulas for a bestseller have been highlighted recently as much more gray than you might've expected.
And now the website Public Books has a much deeper dive into the matter, looking specifically at the incredibly influential New York Times list.
For years, the NYT didn't even calculate paperback sales, notes Jordan Pruett — thus excluding authors whose work sold better there.
And that, in and of itself, is a value judgment about what deserved to be counted.
Check out Pruett's exploration of the history of what counts as a bestseller and what it reveals about readers, authors, and the publishing industry.
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