Thursday, January 9th, 2014
6

Science 84% Sure Of What Makes A Book Sell

"Scientists have developed an algorithm which can analyse a book and predict with 84 per cent accuracy whether or not it will be a commercial success," and Jennifer Weiner has already accused them of sexism.

6 Comments / Post A Comment

KarenUhOh (#19)

Fortunately, no literary editor or publisher on God's green earth will read the study.

Wilgrims (#233,338)

I know all these science blurbs are just punchlines, but man is this some bad science. Read the study, lest you think only journalists oversell scientific claims: http://aclweb.org/anthology/D/D13/D13-1181.pdf

Basically, their main data source for "successful books" was downloaded Gutenberg books, based on how many times they were downloaded.

justhere2upvote (#233,597)

What are you trying to tell us with the URL here? Whatever it is I'm into it.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@justhere2upvote "Tits and the Illuminati (are what make books sell)" — Alex Balk.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

"Look, I thought this was pretty good, but you need to put in more nouns and adjectives or it'll never be a success."

Mr. B (#10,093)

"the secret is to avoid cliches"

Here is refreshing evidence that these scientists avoided the obvious and lazy methodology of looking at actual bestselling books.

Post a Comment