Lists of The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers

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This is a list of lists by year of The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers.

The New York Times Best Seller list was first published without fanfare on 12 October 1931.[1][2] It consisted of five fiction and four non-fiction for the New York City region only.[2] The following month the list was expanded to eight cities, with a separate list for each city.[2]

By the early 1940s, fourteen cities were included. A national list was created 9 April 1942, in The New York Times Book Review (Sundays) as a supplement to the regular paper's city lists (Monday edition).[2] The national list ranked by weighting how many times the book appeared in each city list.[2]

A few years later, the city lists were eliminated leaving only the national rankings, which was compiled according to "reports from leading booksellers in 22 cities," a system which remains, although the specifics have changed.[2]

The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers by year[edit]

(links are to lists of The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of YYYY)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Times. 12 October 1931. p. 19.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Miller, Laura J. (2000). "The Best-Seller List as Marketing Tool and Historical Fiction". In Ezra Greenspan (editor) (ed.). Book History. Volume Three. Penn State University Press. pp. 286–304.CS1 maint: Extra text: editors list (link)