Lists of The New York Times fiction best sellers

This is a list of lists by year of The New York Times fiction best sellers.

The New York Times Best Seller list was first published without fanfare on October 12, 1931.[1][2] It consisted of five fiction and four nonfiction for the New York City region only.[2]

The following month the list was expanded to eight cities, with a separate list for each city.[2] By the early 1940s, fourteen cities were included. This list of lists only cover the New York list before 1942.

A national list was created April 9, 1942, in The New York Times Book Review (Sundays) as a supplement to the regular paper's city lists (Monday edition).[2] The national list ranked by weighting how many times the book appeared in each city list.[2]

A few years later[specify], the city lists were eliminated leaving only the national rankings, which was compiled according to "reports from leading booksellers in 22 cities," a system which remains, although the specifics have changed.[2]

By yearEdit

(links are to lists of the New York Times fiction best sellers of each year)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The New York Times. October 12, 1931. p. 19.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Miller, Laura J. (2000). "The Best-Seller List as Marketing Tool and Historical Fiction". In Ezra Greenspan (ed.). Book History. Vol. Three. Penn State University Press. pp. 286–304. ISBN 0271020504.