Tuesday, January 08, 2008

History: Um, let's think of it as a special interest

Quill and Quire magazine has just published a listing of the top-selling 50 titles by Canadian authors during the Christmas rush, December 2007. (QQ uses the relatively new BookNet system, which is said to generate pretty reliable data. Before BookNet, it was often rumoured booksellers called a title a hot seller when they wanted to generate interest in it -- because it was not selling.)

Anyway, lots of good books in the top fifty. Literary fiction, current events, hockey, how-to, memoirs, the whole gamut. But not a single title I would have claimed as a "history" title. You won't find any of the books on my Notable History Books list (see below, January 2) in BookNet's top 50 sellers.
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