Famous African-Americans Lead Top 20 Best Read ebooks Online Library’s Reading List Shows Popularity of Famous African-Americans

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Summary of Top 20 Best Read eBooks during February 2004. Famous African-Americans and other African-American related topics lead the list.

Readers on Questia, the world’s largest online library of books, show a marked seasonal preference for books on famous African-Americans. Coinciding with Black History month in February, books on famous African-Americans and other African-American related subjects were some of the most widely read on the Questia online library of more than 48,000 books and 390,000 articles. To see what else made the February list, check out the complete list of best read ebooks at http://www.top20ebooks.com.

The number one best read ebook in February was Up from Slavery: An Autobiography by famous African-American, Booker T. Washington. Other books that peaked in demand, likely due to Black History month, were books documenting the civil rights movement, discussing the pros and cons of affirmative action, and the history of the civil rights movement.

“What appears on the list of Top 20 Best Read eBooks is a reflection of what is prevalent in popular culture as well as the classroom,” said Helen Wilson, Vice President of Marketing for Questia Media, Inc. “Some popular book subjects correspond closely with seasonal academic curriculum or other coursework while others tend to mirror what is top-of-mind in the news, culture, and collective psyche” continued Wilson. “February is a perfect example; famous African-Americans, the civil rights movement and the pros and cons of affirmative action are obviously timely subjects due to the fact that many Americans celebrated African-American culture and history last month. However, the high rankings of these ebooks were also influenced by the fact that in many schools across the country, assignments were focused on topics related to Black History month,” said Wilson. “We believe that the Questia Famous African-Americans and Affirmative Action topic pages were two of our most heavily clicked-on pages last month. These pages contain some of the most relevant and useful content we have available in the Questia library on both these subjects and apparently many of our users agree,” concluded Wilson.

To develop the Top 20 Best Read eBooks, the reading patterns of Questia users are aggregated and then ranked, with ranking based primarily on page views (each time one user looks at a page results in one “page view”) and the overall number of unique users who accessed that title. Secondarily, book length is factored in to correct for the fact that shorter books, even if read in their entirety, would have fewer page views. The February 2004 list and past lists can be accessed at http://www.top20ebooks.com. The March 2004 list will be available online in early April.

The Questia service is a personal online library for its subscribers, offering unlimited, simultaneous access to complete titles regardless of how many other users are reading the same book, magazine, newspaper or journal article. Research tools help students and researchers organize, highlight, cite, and store their work on personalized bookshelves in the Questia library.

Questia Top 20 Best Read eBooks

February 2004

    Feb. Rank    Last Month’s Rank    Months on List

Up from Slavery: An Autobiography, by Booker T. Washington. A.L. Burt, 1901.    1    0    1

The Prince and the Pauper, A Tale for Young People of All Ages, by Mark Twain. P. F. Collier & Son Co, 1921.    2    0    1

Let Freedom Ring: A Documentary History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, by Peter B. Levy. Praeger Publishers, 1992.    3    1    4

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 1996.    4    6    16

Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies, by Richard L. Davis. Praeger Publishers, 1998.    5    7    20

Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football, by Wiley Lee Umphlett. Greenwood Press, 1992.    6    3    2

Leadership for the Twenty-First Century, by Joseph C. Rost. Praeger Publishers, 1993.    7    9    20

The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders, by Bryna Siegel. Oxford University Press, 1996.    8    10    11

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. United States Government Printing Office, 1979.    9    14    16

Punishment and the Death Penalty: The Current Debate, by Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosenbaum. Prometheus Books, 1995.    10    15    3

A Rose for Emily, by William Faulkner and M. Thomas Inge. Charles E. Merrill Publishing Co., 1970.    11    29    2

Culture and Customs of Japan, by Noriko Kamachi and Hanchao Lu. Greenwood Press, 1999.    12    13    15

The New Terrorism: Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass Destruction, by Walter Laqueur. Oxford University Press, 1999.    13    0    3

The Industrial Revolution 1760-1830, by T. S. Ashton. Oxford University Press, 1997.    14    19    8

The Importance of Learning Styles: Understanding the Implications for Learning, Course Design, and Education, by Serbrenia J. Sims. Greenwood Press, 1995.    15    28    10

Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking, by Diane F. Halpern. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1996.    16    22    10

Encyclopedia of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the New American Community, and Latin-American Trade, by Jerry M. Rosenberg. Greenwood, 1995.    17    0    1

Schools, Violence, and Society, by Allan M. Hoffman. Praeger Publishers, 1996.    18    23    16

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare and G. R. Hibbard. Oxford University, 1998.    19    18    6

Causes and Consequences of World War II, by Robert A. Divine. Quadrangle Books, 1969.    20    16    14

Rankings reflect total page views and unique users on the Questia service for February 1 through February 29, 2004, statistically weighted to factor in book length.

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