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How Books Get on The New York Times Best Seller Lists

By December 27, 2013

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Ever wonder how books get on The New York Times Best Seller lists? The best seller lists have been published since 1942, and are based on weekly sales from independent and chain bookstores and wholesalers throughout the United States. Making it onto the lists is a bellweather for the book and author's credibility.

An e-book best seller, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is the subject of my article, How Habits Can Spark Innovation Programs. Duhigg suggests when old habits can be changed, they have the potential to be remade into new desirable patterns--keystones that can change other habits.

In drawing an analogy to innovation management processes in business, there are surprising discoveries in organizations for people who have found their keystone habits. Duhigg's book is a must-read, if you can imagine a powerful feeling of discovery that brings people and ideas together. Maybe keystone habits are how best sellers are born.

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