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Changes coming to the New York Times bestseller lists

Graphic books and mass market paperbacks return, while sports and science lists get the ax.

The New York Times, pictured here via their corporate office in New York City, recently announced changes to its bestseller lists.
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The New York Times Book Review will debut a new set of bestseller lists starting October 2 (for online lists) and October 20 (for print). 

After cutting the graphic novel/manga bestseller list in 2017, the Times will now publish a combined “Graphic Books” list that includes adult fiction, nonfiction, manga, and children’s titles. 

Another comeback is the mass market paperback bestseller lists, which the Times also cut in 2017. 

“We are thrilled to bring back to our readers graphic books and mass market best sellers as two monthly best-seller lists,” said Pamela Paul, editor of the Book Review, said in a statement. “Our new monthly graphic books list combines the format as it exists across all platforms — hardcover, paperback and digital — in order to represent the range of ways in which publishers create and people of all ages read these books. And readers are passionate about the many genres — from horror to romance — represented on the mass market fiction list.

The Times will also debut a monthly Middle Grade Paperback and Young Adult Paperback list. In return, the monthly Science and Sports lists will be discontinued “as the titles on those lists are frequently represented on current nonfiction lists,” the publication explains. 

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