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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/612738
Title:
Book genre and author gender: romance>paranormal-romance to autobiography>memoir
Authors:
Thelwall, Mike
Abstract:
Although gender differences are known to exist in the publishing industry and in reader preferences, there is little public systematic evidence about them. This article uses evidence from the book-based social website Goodreads to provide a large scale analysis of 50 major English book genres based on author genders. The results show gender differences in authorship in almost all categories and gender differences the level of interest in, and ratings of, books in a minority of categories. Perhaps surprisingly in this context, there is not a clear gender-based relationship between the success of an author and their prevalence within a genre. The unexpected almost universal authorship gender differences should give new impetus to investigations of the importance of gender in fiction and the success of minority genders in some genres should encourage publishers and librarians to take their work seriously, except perhaps for most male-authored chick-lit.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue Date:
20-May-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/612738
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2330-1635
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mikeen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-13T12:01:47Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-13T12:01:47Zen
dc.date.issued2016-05-20en
dc.identifier.issn2330-1635en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/612738en
dc.description.abstractAlthough gender differences are known to exist in the publishing industry and in reader preferences, there is little public systematic evidence about them. This article uses evidence from the book-based social website Goodreads to provide a large scale analysis of 50 major English book genres based on author genders. The results show gender differences in authorship in almost all categories and gender differences the level of interest in, and ratings of, books in a minority of categories. Perhaps surprisingly in this context, there is not a clear gender-based relationship between the success of an author and their prevalence within a genre. The unexpected almost universal authorship gender differences should give new impetus to investigations of the importance of gender in fiction and the success of minority genders in some genres should encourage publishers and librarians to take their work seriously, except perhaps for most male-authored chick-lit.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectBook genreen
dc.subjectauthor genderen
dc.subjectromanceen
dc.subjectparanormal-romanceen
dc.subjectmemoiren
dc.titleBook genre and author gender: romance>paranormal-romance to autobiography>memoiren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technologyen
dc.date.accepted2016-05en
rioxxterms.funderInternalen
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUoW130616MTen
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-06-13en
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