January 17, 2022

New Conference Paper: “Understanding Book Popularity on Goodreads”

Below is a link to a conference paper (5 pages; PDF) presented in early January by engineers from the Indian Institute of Technology at the ACM “Group 18 Conference” in Florida.


Understanding Book Popularity on Goodreads


Suman Kalyan Maity
IIT Kharagpur

Vishnu Choudhary
IIT Kharagpur

Ayush Kumar
IIT Kharagpur

Animesh Mukherjee
IIT Kharagpur

Ankan Mullick
Microsoft India


via arXiv


Goodreads has launched the Readers Choice Awards since 2009 where users are able to nominate/vote books of their choice, released in the given year. In this work, we question if the number of votes that a book would receive (aka the popularity of the book) can be predicted based on the characteristics of various entities on Goodreads. We are successful in predicting the popularity of the books with high prediction accuracy (correlation coefficient ∼0.61) and low RMSE ( ∼1.25). User engagement and author’s prestige are found to be crucial factors for book popularity

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