The project combines two sources of information. The word counts themselves come from the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), which has tabulated them at the page level in 4.8 million public-domain volumes. Information about genre comes from a parallel project led by Ted Underwood, and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Introduction: Since the beginning of Amazon.com’s creation in the 1990’s, books have been a major component of the business. In fact books were the first items Amazon ever sold, before being joined by other items. Recently Amazon.com ventured into the publishing sector by allowing people to self-publish their works, and this has created a vast…
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