Today, Goodreads kicked of voting for the “Best Books of 2015.” That strikes me as a little odd since there are still two months left in 2015. Here’s what the rules say:
Books published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between November 16, 2014, and November 15, 2015, are eligible for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards.
Huh. So a book published in 2014 can be one of the “Best Books of 2015?” Guess so.
But that’s not the strangest part. It’s not November 15, 2015 yet, but voting has already begun. So apparently that means a book that won’t be published until next week is only eligible for the 2015 award, even though voting has already begun.
I wonder if any of the official nominees haven’t been published yet. And if not, how did they become an official nominee?
So how are the official nominees selected to begin with?
We analyze statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads to nominate 15 books in each category. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher. Write-in votes may be cast for eligible books with any average rating, and write-in votes will be weighted by the book’s Goodreads statistics to determine the top five books to be added as official nominees in the Semifinal Round. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Goodreads Author category. Only one book in a series may be nominated per category. An author may receive multiple nominations within a single category if he or she has more than one eligible series or more than one eligible stand-alone book.
My understanding is that Goodreads creates a list of “top books” for each category based on some statistical formula and then essentially selects the nominees by hand, though the selection process is left pretty vague overall.
They also have a write-in option that you can use if your favorite work isn’t an official nominee. And then the next round will factor the top five in each category into the voting.