Sunday, June 04, 2006

Whatever We Call It

The list of titles with the most holds (Current Popular Titles)(or, Books You're Willing To Wait in Line For)(or, 'the manyholds list') has been updated. These are the titles carrying the highest interest among our readers: authors with the most faithful following or the most stamina for making the media rounds to create buzz for their works; hot topics; local favorites. Almost always the authors are familiar names. At the top of the list right now:

But there are always some interesting things interspersed; a bit further down the list (i.e., shorter waiting list), it runs

Then back to a sequence of popular authors again. This is not so much surprising as just endlessly fascinating, trying to anticipate what our users want, noticing what there isn't enough of, watching demand fall off—or not. Six people are waiting for Geraldine Brooks' 2004 title, March. (Might be a reading group.)
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The list is always available from the catalog start page, and from the About Books & Literature page.

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