Categories. Tags. These are just some of the features we recently added to the Blurb Bookstore to make it easier for readers to find and buy your books. Apparently the New York Times is getting into the category act as well, adding to its growing stock of bestseller lists one exclusively devoted to political books. Where else can you find Patrick Buchanan, Thomas Friedman, Anderson Cooper, and Ann Coulter peacefully co-existing side by side? Nowhere, that’s where.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the New York Times has divided its famous bestseller list into smaller lists. From The Book Standard’s reportage:
The Times Book Review dates back to 1896, according to Tanenhaus, who added that the best seller list first began in 1935. Since then, it has expanded to include lists of fiction, non-fiction, children, advice, and business categories, as well as paperback editions of each.
Sorry politicos, currently there’s no politics category in the Blurb Bookstore, but there are plenty of others just waiting to be filled with your books: Literature & Fiction, Self-Improvement, Crafts & Hobbies, and (ooh la la) Sex & Relationships, to name a few goodies. For more on how to categorize your books, please see our helpful FAQ entry on precisely that topic. Keep it up, and we’ll have to add a bestseller list of our own!