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April 20, 2005

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LadyLitBlitzin

Oooh, this is a good thing. Oprah is definitely an amazing force (let's face it, marketing force) -- her book club was amazing in its power to not only get people to read but also to convince them to read quality stuff. Just the idea that Tolstoy was again on the bestseller list... simply amazing.

Jozef Imrich

Not many people can not only rock a but but also the river ... turning couch potatos into readers is akin to a miracle ...

Jozef Imrich

Not many people can not only rock the boat but also the river ... turning couch potatos into readers is akin to a miracle ...

Alex

How about a link to your research?

M.J. Rose


It's all compiled from the numbers that publishers reported and was published in Publishers Weekly. I can't link to them, one must be a subscriber to get to them.

Frederick Smith

I hope this open letter effort pays off. The O Book Club definitely got people into bookstores and checking out/buying books they normally wouldn't have.
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Peter L. Winkler

A few years ago, when Oprah was conducting her book club, I heard or read a story that reported that authors whose books were chosen by Oprah didn't repeat their sales success with their next book.

As my favorite forgotten author, Jack Woodford, would say, this conduces to the conclusion that many, if not most, of Oprah's viewers are habitual nonreaders who buy what Oprah recommends only to discover, when they open the book, that they still don't enjoy reading any more than before.

Of course, for an author or publisher, it's great to have a sales boost, but I suspect that it doesn't elevate book sales across the board. I noticed that a lot of the authors listed tend to be tony faves of the NYLE, whose books are often bought by people seeking to declare their cultural sophistication to their friends or colleagues rather than writers who people seem to really enjoy reading, whose names aren't on the list: King, Grisham, Clancy, etc.

Katharine Weber

NYLE?

New York and Lake Erie Railroad?

What a bizarre statement above. "...whose books are often bought by people seeking to declare their cultural sophistication to their friends or colleagues rather than writers who people seem to really enjoy reading..." ??? I can only guess that this is the projection of someone who apparently has a sad relationship with both reading and his friends.

Peter L. Winkler

Dear Ms. Weber:

NYLE is an acronym - decades old and well known to many critics, publishers and writers - that stands for New York Literary Establishment. The fact that I am aware of this and you are not speaks well for my "relationship to reading."

Katharine Weber

How very humor impaired. And muddled.

Kristjan Wager

"The fact that I am aware of this and you are not speaks well for my "relationship to reading.""

Uhm, Katharine, wouldn't you be considered part of the New York Literary Establishment, given your publishing and teaching record? Or am I confusing things?

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