Friday, October 16, 2009

A Little Link Love

How about 30 places you can get Fabulous Freebies?


One of the Fabulous Freebies mentions the Global Greeter Network. I have used this twice. Once in Chicago and once in Melbourne. You get a half day or full day tour of the city with a local. This person can specialize in their town's history, architecture, pop culture, etc. You get to fill out a profile of what type of tour you want and they match you with the appropriate tour guide. Highly recommended.


Interesting post on Stephen Abram's blog. I too would be interested if anyone ever compiles the info about #1 bestsellers.

"I was amazed at this statistic from Seth Godin:

In the 260 weeks from 1966 to 1970, there were only thirteen musical acts responsible for every #1 album on the Billboard charts. In the 260 weeks that accounted for the first half of the 1970s, it was 26.

Has anyone out there ever done a similar number for books? I'll bet between Dan Brown and JK Rowling there's not too many #1 bestselling authors over the last few years either.

Like Seth says, it's crowded at the top. And it sure shows the importance of the long tail."

1 comment:

Librarian 1.5 said...

I was just doing a display of bestsellers then and now from 1959 and 2009. While in 1959 there may have only been 4 or 5 (or less) NYT #1 books, in 2009 there were many. In 1959, a #1 book stayed in the #1 spot for many weeks or months, and in 2009, the #1 title changed almost weekly. I suppose it's just a function of the huge numbers of books published these days.