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A Best Seller List That Shines A Light On Business

Editor's Memo


In this issue, BUSINESS WEEK launches a new monthly feature--a best-seller list devoted to business books (page 20). The list is a logical extension of our Books section, created 25 years ago, and our annual Best Business Books list. The best-seller list is designed to help our readers spot the books that have struck a chord among people interested in business issues. As far as we know, there is no national best-seller list devoted only to business-related books. Our list will also be available on BUSINESS WEEK Online through America Online Inc.

We were fortunate to have someone well-suited to create the new list. Denise Demong, who has edited our Books section for seven years, has spent months talking to publishers and booksellers to create our network of 20 chains and independent booksellers that are in the front rank of business book retailing. Scoreboard Editor Frederick F. Jespersen and Economics Editor Michael J. Mandel helped with the statistical underpinnings. Erica Lapkin, our manager of new business development and a key member of our BUSINESS WEEK Online team, constructed our database.

The best-seller list caps Denise's term as books editor. She is moving on to take over our People department, while Hardy Green moves from our copy desk to the Books section. Hardy has had a varied career as a journalist and teacher. He wrote On Strike at Hormel, a book on labor troubles at the meatpacking company, and has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he earned a PhD in American history. Thanks to Denise, and best wishes to Hardy.

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