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Where to Find New York Times Bestseller Lists by Year

Created: 06/01/11

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New York Times Bestseller Lists by Year

My book club members were wondering if we could find a list of the top books from New York Times best sellers BY YEAR.

I can find lists by date, but I haven't found a comprehensive list by year.

Do you know of such a list?

Thanks!

Susan

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Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists by Year

Hi Susan

I see what you mean. It seems that it's easy to find the lists by week going back to when they started in the 40s, e.g. at http://www.hawes.com/pastlist.htm


But there doesn't seem to be a bestseller list for each year as a whole. Although - as you've probably already discovered, the NYT, like virtually every publication, does opine on the 'best books' of each year. For example this list shows their top recommendations for 2010:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/books/review/10-best-books-of-2010.html
And if you look on the left you'll see links to previous years.


The best alternative I can think of is Publishers Weekly annual bestsellers lists. They usually report two ways - how many weeks a book was in their bestseller charts; and also how many copies publishers report selling.


If you google something like "site:www.publishersweekly.com 2010 bestsellers" you should come up with http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/45712-bestsellers-10-the-year-in-bestsellers.html

(hint by putting site:www.publishersweekly.com at the start of the search the results will show only pages on publishersweekly.com)

A similar search for 2009 brought up http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20090323/1686-bestselling-books-2009-hardcover-old-and-new-.html


The catch is that there doesn't seem to be any sort of standardization to how the information is reported from one year to another, nor is there a central page with links to past years - so it might be too much work and/or information overload if you're just looking to glance at the top 10 for each year!


Hope that helps. Has anyone got any better suggestions?


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RE: Where to Find New York Times Bestseller Lists by Year

Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!

The hawes site is a HUGE help since it had a link to books that had been "number one" by year, title and author.

Have a great day!

Susan

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