The Bestseller Code

The result is surprising, a bit ironic, and delightfully unorthodox. This book explains groundbreaking text-mining research in accessible terms and offers a new perspective on the New York Times bestseller list.

Author: Jodie Archer

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250088284

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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"When a story captures the imagination of millions, that's magic. Can you qualify magic? Archer and Jockers just may have done so."—Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author Ask most people about massive success in the world of fiction, and you’ll typically hear that it’s a game of hazy crystal balls. The sales figures of E. L. James or Dan Brown seem to be freakish—random occurrences in an unknowable market. But what if there were an algorithm that could reveal a secret DNA of bestsellers, regardless of their genre? What if it knew, just from analyzing the words alone, not just why genre writers like John Grisham and Danielle Steel belong on the lists, but also that authors such as Junot Diaz, Jodi Picoult, and Donna Tartt had telltale signs of success all over their pages? Thanks to Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, the algorithm exists, the code has been cracked, and the results bring fresh new insights into how fiction works and why we read. The Bestseller Code offers a new theory for why Fifty Shades of Grey sold so well. It sheds light on the current craze for dark heroines. It reveals which themes tend to sell best. And all with fascinating supporting data taken from a five-year study of twenty thousand novels. Then there is the hunt for "the one"—the paradigmatic example of bestselling writing according to a computer's analysis of thousands of points of data. The result is surprising, a bit ironic, and delightfully unorthodox. This book explains groundbreaking text-mining research in accessible terms and offers a new perspective on the New York Times bestseller list. It's a big-idea book about the relationship between creativity and technology that will be provocative to anyone interested in how analytics have already transformed the worlds of finance, medicine, and sports. But at heart it is a celebration of books for readers and writers—a compelling investigation into how successful writing works, and a fresh take on our intellectual and emotional response to stories.
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Bestsellers

This essential guide, now available in a fully updated new edition, is the only available study of all bestselling books, authors and genres since the start of the last century, giving an unique insight into a hundred years of publishing ...

Author: C. Bloom

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230583870

Category: Fiction

Page: 425

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This essential guide, now available in a fully updated new edition, is the only available study of all bestselling books, authors and genres since the start of the last century, giving an unique insight into a hundred years of publishing and reading and taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.
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Must Read Rediscovering American Bestsellers

What is it about certain books that makes them bestsellers? Why do some of these books remain popular for centuries, and others fade gently into obscurity?

Author: Sarah Churchwell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441145888

Category: Literary Criticism

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What is it about certain books that makes them bestsellers? Why do some of these books remain popular for centuries, and others fade gently into obscurity? And why is it that when scholars do turn their attention to bestsellers, they seem only to be interested in the same handful of blockbusters, when so many books that were once immensely popular remain under-examined? Addressing those and other equally pressing questions about popular literature, Must Read is the first scholarly collection to offer both a survey of the evolution of American bestsellers as well as critical readings of some of the key texts that have shaped the American imagination since the nation's founding. Focusing on a mix of enduring and forgotten bestsellers, the essays in this collection consider 18th and 19th century works, like Charlotte Temple or Ben-Hur, that were once considered epochal but are now virtually ignored; 20th century favorites such as The Sheik and Peyton Place; and 21st century blockbusters including the novels of Nicholas Sparks, The Kite Runner, and The Da Vinci Code.
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YA Thrillers from Adult Bestsellers

This digital sampler contains an excerpt from Shelter and Seconds Away by Harlan Coben, The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham, and Virals by Kathy Reichs.

Author: Harlan Coben

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101617120

Category: Juvenile Fiction

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Five thrilling young adult mysteries from five of your favorite New York Times bestselling authors! This digital sampler contains an excerpt from Shelter and Seconds Away by Harlan Coben, The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham, and Virals by Kathy Reichs.
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Yesterday s Bestsellers

... and for nearly as long in several other languages. It stands at the head of a
whole subgenre of "Robinsonades, " which has produced many other bestsellers.
The most successful of these include The Swiss Family Robinson (1841) by J. R.
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Author: Brian M. Stableford

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9780809509065

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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A study of the popluar fiction of the past.
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Hell: A Place Without Hope (bestseller books, bestseller books free, bestsellers,
free bestsellers, bestsellers for women, bestsellers for men) [Bestsellers] Ivan
King, bestsellers. Related. Categories: (christian books, christian books free, ...

Author: Ivan King

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Hear What the Critics are Saying Wow, very inspirational and powerful; everyone must read this book. Hell: A Place Without Hope, is by far one of the best Christian books to have come out in the last decade. A Must Read.” -Mary Jones – Valley Daily News “I give this book Five Stars All The Way! This book makes my list as one of the top reads in the Christian genre. Anyone of Faith will enjoy this book very much.” -Theresa Davis – Elite Media Group “Hell: A Place Without Hope a very powerful and thought provoking book. Every generation, young and old, should have to read this book. Ten Thumbs Up.” -Dave Baker – Book Bloggers of America “This was an excellent book; it was short, I ended up reading it in less than two hours; however, it has a very strong and positive message. Amazing Book!” -Lisa Cooper – Literary Times Inc. “This was a very powerful book; very solid message about the dangers of not giving your life to Christ. Highly Recommend.” -Emma Right – Writers United Group “I fell to my knees at the end and cried. This book reminded me why I became a born-again Christian. Powerful Message.” -Carl Mosner – Readers Cove Unlimited Editorial Review Hell: A Place Without Hope is a very spiritual and powerful book. Its messages are time tested and true. This book really made me think; but more importantly, it made me feel. If you are looking for a book that will move you to tears, then look no further than Hell: A Place Without Hope; a masterful book that will not only inspire you to become a better person, but will also teach you some of life’s greatest lessons. Inspirational Book! David T. Williams About the Book A young man spends a day in hell and comes back to tell us the story. Hell: A Place Without Hope, is a powerful book that sends a strong message. Every generation of young people should have to read this wonderful Christian book. This book is based on Real Life Experience, which I derived from a vision I had in the year 2005. (bestseller books, bestseller books free, bestsellers, free bestsellers, bestsellers for women, bestsellers for men) [bestsellers]
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Bestsellers A Very Short Introduction

Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191578694

Category: Literary Criticism

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'I rejoice', said Doctor Johnson, 'to concur with the Common Reader.' For the last century, the tastes and preferences of the common reader have been reflected in the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very Short Introduction takes an engaging look through the lists to reveal what we have been reading - and why. John Sutherland shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. Along the way, he lifts the lid on the bestseller industry, examines what makes a book into a bestseller, and asks what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction. Exploring the relationship between bestsellers and the fashions, ideologies, and cultural concerns of the day, the book includes short case-studies and lively summaries of bestsellers through the years: from In His Steps - now almost totally forgotten, but the biggest all-time bestseller between 1895 and 1945, to Gone with the Wind and The Andromeda Strain, and The Da Vinci Code. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Bestsellers Routledge Revivals

As a German critic neatly puts it: 'the bestseller indicates a successful
sociological experiment' (Peters, 1976, p. 139). There is a handinglove
relationship between the bestseller, its time and its productive apparatus.
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Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136830624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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First published in 1981, this book offers a study of British and American popular fiction in the 1970s, a decade in which the quest for the superseller came to dominate the lives of publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. Illustrated by examples of the lurid incidents that catapult so many books into the bestseller charts, this comprehensive study covers the work of Robbins, Hailey and Maclean, the 'bodice rippers', the disaster craze, horror, war stories and media tie-ins such as The Godfather, Jaws and Star Wars.
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Tagalog Bestsellers of the Twentieth Century

This pioneering work spans more than four centuries of publishing, from 1593, when the first book was printed in the country, to 2003, when the first nationwide survey on reading attitudes and preference was conducted.

Author: Patricia May B. Jurilla

Publisher: Ateneo University Press

ISBN: 9789715505635

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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A work that spans more than four centuries of publishing, from 1593, when the first book was printed in the country, to 2003, when the first nationwide survey on reading attitudes and preference was conducted.
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Pretty Little Secrets

Author: Bestsellers - Books USA Press

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Rewind to junior year in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, to a winter break no one has ever heard about. . . . Fat snowflakes fall onto manicured lawns, quilted stockings hang over marble fireplaces, and everyone is at peace, especially Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer. Now that Alison's murderer is in jail and A is dead, they can finally relax. Little do they know there's a new A in town. . . . Rule number one of being an effective stalker: Get to know your prey. So I watch these liars day and night, keeping an eye on the trouble they get into, the messes they make, and the secrets they keep. Hanna's desperate for a very personal session with her gym trainer. Emily is number one on Santa's naughty list. Aria's old flame from Iceland is about to land her in hot water. And Spencer's resorting to some backhanded tactics to get what she wants. What happens on holiday break stays on holiday break -- right? But guess what. I saw. And now I'm telling. Taking place between Unbelievable and Wicked, Pretty Little Secrets is a very special Pretty Little Liars tale revealing the liars' never-before-seen misadventures over their junior-year winter break.
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Becoming Bestsellers John Grisham and Danielle Steel Sample from Chapter 2 of THE BESTSELLER CODE

That average of 80 percent means that if you randomly selected 50 recent
bestsellers and 50 recent non-bestsellers, our machine could correctly identify 40
of the bestsellers as bestsellers, and 40 of the non-bestsellers as non-bestsellers.

Author: Jodie Archer

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250137951

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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This sneak peek teaser - featuring literary giants John Grisham and Danielle Steele - from Chapter 2 of The Bestseller Code, a groundbreaking book about what a computer algorithm can teach us about blockbuster books, stories, and reading, reveals the importance of topic and theme in bestselling fiction according to percentages assigned by what the authors refer to as the “bestseller-ometer.” Although 55,000 novels are published every year, only about 200 hit the lists, a commercial success rate of less than half a percent. When the computer was asked to “blindly” select the most likely bestsellers out of 5,000 books published over the past thirty years based only on theme, it discovered two possible candidates: The Accident by Danielle Steel and The Associate by John Grisham. The computer recognized quantifiable patterns in their seemingly opposite, but undeniably successful writing careers with legal thrillers and romance. In Chapter 2, Archer and Jockers analyze this data and divulge the most and least likely to best sell topics and themes in fiction with a human discussion of the “why” behind these results. The Bestseller Code is a big-idea book about the relationship between creativity and technology. At heart it is a celebration of books for readers and writers—a compelling investigation into how successful writing works.
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Ulysses

Ulysses' stream-of-consciousness technique, careful structuring, and experimental prose — full of puns, parodies, and allusions — as well as its rich characterisation and broad humour, made the book a highly regarded novel in the ...

Author: James Joyce

Publisher:

ISBN: 9783736418332

Category: Fiction

Page: 922

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Ulysses chronicles the peripatetic appointments and encounters of Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day, 16 June 1904. Ulysses is the Latinised name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem Odyssey, and the novel establishes a series of parallels between the poem and the novel, with structural correspondences between the characters and experiences of Leopold Bloom and Odysseus, Molly Bloom and Penelope, and Stephen Dedalus and Telemachus, in addition to events and themes of the early twentieth century context of modernism, Dublin, and Ireland's relationship to Britain. The novel imitates registers of centuries of English literature and is highly allusive. Ulysses' stream-of-consciousness technique, careful structuring, and experimental prose — full of puns, parodies, and allusions — as well as its rich characterisation and broad humour, made the book a highly regarded novel in the modernist pantheon.
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Richard Joseph s Bestsellers

Twenty-three bestselling authors describe their publishing histories

Author: Richard Joseph

Publisher: Summersdale Pub Limited

ISBN: 1840240091

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 286

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Twenty-three bestselling authors describe their publishing histories
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Ken Follett Three Bestsellers

Author: Ken Follett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101562086

Category: Fiction

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More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.
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Origins First Books of Three Paranormal Bestsellers Cole Showalter Kohler

Author: Kresley Cole

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451652161

Category: Fiction

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This ebook boxed set of paranormal romance novels includes the first books in series by Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter and Sharie Kohler. This boxed set includes: -A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER by Kresley Cole -AWAKEN ME DARKLY by Gena Showalter -MARKED BY MOONLIGHT by Sharie Kohler.
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The Myth of Superwoman

The book presents a general analysis of women’s bestsellers, ranging over a wide variety of novels, from popular nineteenth-century texts in France and the United States to the novels of today.

Author: Resa L. Dudovitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000652383

Category: Literary Criticism

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Reviled by critics but loved by the readers, the bestseller has until recently provoked little serious critical interest. In The Myth of Superwoman, originally published in 1990, Resa Dudovitz looks at this international phenomenon, particularly at the origins of the bestseller system in the United States and France. Her cross-cultural study, including interviews with publishers, literary agents, and bestselling authors, gives a lively picture of the contrasting ways in which the bestseller is produced, marketed, and received in two countries. It pays special attention to the ‘international bestsellers’ of the 1980s, to writers like Judith Krantz, Colleen McCullough, and Barbara Taylor Bradford, all of whose novels are published in the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. The book presents a general analysis of women’s bestsellers, ranging over a wide variety of novels, from popular nineteenth-century texts in France and the United States to the novels of today. Dudovitz shows how women’s bestselling fiction has, over the last two hundred years, kept pace with the social evolution of contemporary women, culminating in the myth of superwoman in women’s bestsellers of the 1980s. This fascinating account of an important aspect of popular culture will be of great value to students of women’s studies and cultural studies, especially those interested in the myths which structure women’s bestselling fiction.
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Author: Hugleikur Dagsson

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ISBN: 9935439097

Category: Book cover art

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