The New York Times will be eliminating various bestselling lists starting February 5, 2017 in an effort to to re-model how the most influential media outlet for books will cover publishing.
The lists that will be eliminated are graphic novel/manga, mass market paperback, middle grade e-book, and young adult e-book lists. Although the complete list of lists that will be cut has not yet be confirmed, nor the reason for their cuts, the NYT has said that they introduced a number of lists in recent years to experiment, and are now being discontinued.
The major lists that will remain are:
- Top 15 Hardcover Fiction
- Top 15 Hardcover Nonfiction
- Top 15 Combined Print and E Fiction
- Top 15 Combined Print and E Nonfiction
- Top 10 Children's Hardcover Picture Books
- Top 10 Children's Middle Grade Hardcover Chapter Books
- Top 10 Children's Young Adult Hardcover Chapter Books
- Top 10 Children's Series
From the looks at the lists that will remain, it appears that the NYT is placing emphasis on titles that make more money than those of the lists that were cut.
The announcement has sparked outrage in the publishing community, ranging from graphic/manga professionals, including Neil Gaiman who tweeted that he was "proud when I finally got a graphic novel onto the NYT list" as a struggling writer, to the questioning of whether or not the NYT bestseller lists have real influence on sales in these particular categories.
Publisher's Weekly reported that many publishers were surprised, and troubled, by the announcement as there had been no discussion leading up to the NYT's critical decision. Whether the NYT will release a full list of eliminated lists is not yet known.