#WTFWednesday NYT disses Margaret Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures

I’ve lived in “fly-over” states for more than twenty years so it doesn’t surprise me that the NYT chooses to ignore what most Americans like, care about, or vote.

WTF? They changed their best sellers lists to EXCLUDE mass market books sales from their “best sellers” list, and completely dropped comics and Manga which, by the way, is growing in popularity.

What does that really mean, you ask? Well, no longer will the total number of books sold, regardless of media format be used to determine if it’s a best seller. Why? Is the math really that hard? Paperback are SEGREGATED and now on it’s own list, found here.  What’s the big deal? Well, my friends, for those of us who read for entertainment, and choose to read across media formats, your vote no longer matters.

That’s right…

Why?

How freaking hard is it to compare the numbers of ALL fiction books sold in all choices of media?

And in the MOST IRONIC TWIST OF FATE – The NYT just dissed Margaret Lee Shetterly the author of Hidden Figures. Seriously? WTF?

According to the NYT new system for the week of January 29, 2017 NYT Best Sellers fiction list first five are:

  1. Never Never – James Patterson and Candace Fox
  2. A Dog’s Purpose – W Bruce Cameron
  3. A Man Called Ove – Frederick Backman
  4. Feversong – Karen Marie Moning
  5. Egomaniac – Vi Keeland

 

And here’s there now segregated list for the excluded mass market (paperbacks) fiction are:

  1. Sweet Tomorrows – Debbie Macomber
  2. The Murder House – James Patterson and David Ellis
  3. Apprentice in Death – JD Robb
  4. A Dog’s Purpose – W Bruce Cameron
  5. Mulberry Moon – Catherine Anderson

BUT WAIT – USA Today includes ALL FORMATS and their Best Sellers for fiction for the week of January 29 are:

  1. Never Never – James Patterson and Candace Fox
  2. A Dog’s Purpose – W Bruce Cameron
  3. Hidden Figures – Margaret Lee Shetterly
  4. Feversong – Karen Marie Moning
  5. A Man Called Ove – Frederick Backman

Do you see what happened there? Hidden Figures sold more books in ALL formats, but less than the individual, now segregated lists used by NYT.

Hmm… NYT hides Hidden Figures… Ironic.

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