Leading Website Announces Annual Book Awards

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BookBrowse.com, one of the most popular book sites on the internet, announced today the results of its annual awards for the top books of 2004. Voting was limited to BookBrowse subscribers, who rated each shortlisted book that they'd read on a 5 point scale. More than 5,000 votes were cast, and the results were calculated as a function of both quality and popularity.

The winners are:

  • The BookBrowse Diamond Award for Most Popular Book:

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

  • The BookBrowse Sapphire Award for Most Popular Debut:

Love In The Driest Season by Neely Tucker

  • The BookBrowse Ruby Award for Most Popular Category Winner: The Enemy by Lee Child.

Davina Morgan-Witts, CEO and founder of BookBrowse.com, said, "I am proud to announce these awards, and pass on our congratulations to

the authors". Morgan-Witts continued: "These awards are particularly meaningful as the BookBrowse Awards are reader-driven, and designed to recognize books on the basis of quality, not simply popularity."

This voting methodology is considered to be more representative than most consumer awards, which allow (and even actively encourage) people connected with the shortlisted products to contact others to get them to take part in the voting, because this drives up interest in the company sponsoring the awards. However, for obvious reasons, this behavior can significantly skew the results.

Morgan-Witts says, "The BookBrowse Awards are different. In order to avoid 'vote stuffing', only registered BookBrowse subscribers were able to vote; and a five point rating scale ensured that the awards were given to the books deemed to be of the highest quality, not simply the ones that had been most widely read."

"For example, the most widely read book on our shortlist (which would have been the winner using the methodology employed by most consumer awards) was placed close to the bottom of BookBrowse's list when the approval ratings were factored in."

"The BookBrowse Awards allow the real voice of the readers to be heard!"

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About BookBrowse: BookBrowse.com recommends only the most exceptional books, so that you spend more time reading books and less time finding them. Best of all, with a substantial excerpt and multiple reviews of each title, you have everything you need to make your own decision; plus you will find hundreds of interviews, reading guides, and much else besides.

BookBrowse was founded by Davina Morgan-Witts in 1997, and currently receives about 250,000 unique visitors a month, predominantly from the USA.

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About The Books

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult explores the controversial issue of genetic planning. It was published in hardcover by Simon & Schuster in April 2004, and in paperback in February 2005.

Love in The Driest Season is Neely Tucker's gripping memoir of how he, a foreign correspondent, and his wife, adopted a

desperately sick Zimbabwean baby while war, terrorism and disease raged about them. It was published in February 2004 by Crown, and will be available in paperback in April.

The Enemy by Lee Child is a prequel to his popular series featuring ex-military cop, Jack Reacher. It was published by Dell in hardcover in April 2004.

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