Too Many Nevers

January 14, 2014 | 1

A new study out of Stony Brook University employs a complex statistical model to figure out what makes a book successful. Judging books on the basis of Amazon sales, awards won and Project Gutenberg downloads, the scientists determined that successful books have a higher-than-average ratio of self-references, prepositions and coordinating conjunctions. Unsuccessful books, on the other hand? A high ratio of adverbs and location markers.

is a staff writer for The Millions. He lives in New York.

One comment:

  1. All that such idiotic studies show is there are too many academics with too much time on their hands. Never, ever heed them!

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