Top ten books: a Google Book Search zeitgeist

Friday, October 06, 2006 at 4:51 AM

I’ve always loved reading the Google Zeitgeist report -- a cumulative snapshot of popular queries that reveal a bit about the current human psyche. Elin Nordegren, the Swedish model who became Tiger Woods’ wife, topped last week’s list of the 15 top-gaining search queries, and this week it’s none other than Dallas Cowboy Terrell Owens who’s been all over the news lately.

Recently, we tried something similar with books from the Google Books Partner Program. No Swedish supermodels or controversial wide receivers in sight. Among the most viewed books are a translation of the Holy Qu’ran, a bestseller about geopolitics, a book on healing by a Nepalese spiritualist, and a textbook about how to build a robot.

For me, the most notable characteristic of our top 10 is that, aside from one title, the list bears little resemblance to bestseller lists. Rather, it includes both current and backlist titles, reflecting the rich diversity of readers’ interests.

So without further ado, here’s our list of most-viewed English language books supplied by our publisher partners for the week of September 17th through 23rd:


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