Patterns of Popularity: Towards a Holistic Understanding of Contemporary Bestselling Fiction (PoP)

Project Description

PoP aims to investigate the most popular contemporary novels at scale, and through a combination of empirical approaches, covering digital text material (ebooks), contextual and book trade material, and reader consumption data. The ambition is to find out in what ways bestsellers stand out, and how formats such as the audiobook affect writing styles and narratives. The project includes a collaboration with Storytel that provides access to data points on real-time book consumption, a dataset that enable new ways to merge publishing studies and readership studies.

Graph on finished streams per month (count)
Example of streaming pattern data
Last modified: 2021-10-10