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I need to collect some data to find the popularity of books.

The first thing that came in my mind was to find the number of sales of the books, but I soon found that the authors don't easily tell their book's total sales so my data would be unreliable and hard to find.

Do you know where I can get reliable data for the popularity of books?

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Goodreads has an API: https://www.goodreads.com/api

and specifically the Review Program

Review Syndication: Goodreads has 10 million reviews across 700,000 titles - one of the largest and deepest collection of quality book reviews on the internet. Our API makes it easy to display these reviews on your website.

To get data on popularity you could find highly-rated books, or books with many total ratings.

  • Thanks, this seems to be a good method, but this method would be slightly biased as people are more likely to give 5 start and 1 star ratings. However, with that many members I think I would get a good idea of the overall popularity, thank you for your answer. – Bub Marine Feb 27 '16 at 20:17

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