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Amazon's top book and ours

The Library Journal reported today that Amazon editors named "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt as this year's best book.

No. 2 was "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini.

The Journal does not say what criteria Amazon used to make the selection of the Top 100.

If you go just by how many times the book was accessed, that would be selection based on popularity. And what's popular is not necessarily what's best.

We don't have a set of editors to make a list of the top books.

But, in terms of popularity, "The Hit" by Baldacci was the book most checked out so far in 2013. No. 2 was "Inferno" by Brown. And No. 3 was "Second Honeymoon" by Patterson.

None of those were in the Amazon Top 10.

Not sure what that means about our patrons or Amazon's editors.

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