One-Minute Book Reviews

September 16, 2008

Late Night With Jan Harayda – How Book Coverage Works These Days

Mark Sarvas explains why he put Netherland on a standing list of recommended books on his blog, the Elegant Variation: “The way book coverage works these days, everyone talks about the same book for about two or three weeks, and then they move on and the book is more or less forgotten” Exactly. After the first two or three weeks, books tend to come back only if they win awards or otherwise become unexpectedly successful – Oprah picks them, a movie version comes out. That’s partly why One-Minute Book Reviews reivews a mix of new and seasoned books, with the older ones often chosen because the critics bypassed them during that brief first flowering.

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. I prefer the mix of reviews and commentary. I see Mark’s point and had noticed the book sitting there on his list; once I see it and think about it and make a decision, I’m not going to be influenced by seeing it every day after that.


    Comment by knightofswords — September 18, 2008 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  2. You may know your own tastes better than many … I’ve seen advertising studies that say that people have to see an ad at least three times to begin to remember it. “Recommended” lists sometimes help not to persuade me so much as to remind me of books that have eluded my highly porous memory.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — September 19, 2008 @ 2:45 am | Reply

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