A New, Easy and Cost-Free Way for Booksellers to Connect with Readers

Panorama Picks provides booksellers with insights into the books that library patrons in their community are waiting to read. This unique program uses aggregated, anonymized local library hold list data to identify titles beyond the obvious bestsellers with long wait times for library patrons. The project makes these lists available to booksellers at no cost—giving booksellers a new, easy and cost-free way to promote titles local readers are interested in, activate inventory and increase sales.

The project’s regional lists of in-demand adult/young-adult fiction and non-fiction titles are available below. The project will compile and publish new lists on a quarterly basis. The list selection methodology will be refined in response to retailer feedback. The project is actively promoting the program to local booksellers with the hope that these new insights into the interests of local readers will help libraries and booksellers alike better serve active readers in their community.

Data-driven insights on the interests of local readers

Our regional Panorama Picks lists are generated using aggregated, anonymized U.S. public library ebook demand data and the following framework:

  • We create lists of the most in-demand titles in each category for eight regions around the country.

  • We then identify and rank the adult/young-adult fiction and non-fiction titles published in the last 12 to 24 months. These are titles booksellers are likely to have in stock that in many cases aren’t enjoying significant sales.

  • Next, we weed out well known bestsellers, book club selections and other heavily promoted titles.

The resulting lists highlight a wide range of in-demand titles. Some are familiar titles that are enjoying sustained popularity. Others are less well known titles that have, for one reason or another, generated strong local interest.

Selections from the Midwest Adult Fiction list

Selections from the Midwest Adult Fiction list

Panorama Picks: Regional Lists

The regional groupings below generally mirror the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA) groupings and naming conventions. A few adjustments have been made to simplify the reporting and presentation of the recommendations.

The lists are available in two formats:

  • Google Sheets

  • PDF

The Google Sheets versions include the BISAC codes for each title. The PDF versions are formatted for easy printing and do not include the BISAC codes.

The current lists reflect library demand for the first quarter of 2019.

CaliforniA

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Great Lakes

Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan

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Hawaii

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Midwest

Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

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Mountains & Plains

Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming

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New Atlantic

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

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New England

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

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Pacific Northwest

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

Southeast

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

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