What books will people read when presented with more than 100,000 choices?
With the new Oyster service, readers can pay $9.95 a month to get unlimited access to a collection of more than 100,000 books–giving us a glimpse into what books will be popular with this new model.
Last night, we browsed the service to find out what are the 15 most popular books according to the site’s calculations. Although the Oyster has only been running for a short time, it is an interesting collection of books. Above, you can see a screen-grab of the 12 most popular books.
Most Popular Books on Oyster
1. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
3. Serena by Ron Rash
4. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
5. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz
6. The Best American Short Stories for 2012 edited by Tom Perrotta
7. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
9. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
10. A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane