WHAT MAKES A BOOK A BEST SELLER?


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A dream of all writers and wannabe writers.

In any genre, it’s rare for a book to see delayed success. “Almost all books, regardless of category, peak in the first 15 weeks after publication,” the researchers report. In terms of sales, “Most fiction books have their peaks strictly in the first two to six weeks. For nonfiction, even though peaks at weeks two to five are common, the peak can happen any time in the first 15 weeks”—after which sales “drop dramatically.”

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Tom Jacobs — Pacific Standard

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What’s Motivating People to March for Science?


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This is quite strange, but unfortunately true. People are actually marching for Science. “The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.”

“Encouraging polices based on science” received the most support, with 97 percent calling it very important. This was followed closely by “Encouraging the public to support science” and “Opposing political attacks on science,” each of which was considered very important by 93 percent of participants.

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Tom Jacobs — Pacific Standard

March for Science

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