What make Oprah books well known and familiar to people? Is it the magical list of books that contain spiritual, romantic, and historical drama in the fiction and non-fiction genres? The answer is Oprah Effect and the power of TV, definitely.
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The Books from Oprah’s List
Bookworms have Oprah Winfrey to thank for the varied volumes she has endorsed; you could call the eclectic selection, Oprah books. Oprah’s choices honor literary glitterati, the likes of Pearl S. Buck, Leo Tolstoy, William Faulkner, and John Steinbeck and her endorsement of the novels by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Maeve Binchy, Lalita Tademy, and Breena Clarke boosted the book sales of these new writers.
The extensive books list also displays names of two indomitable celebrities, Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. As if it was not enough, Oprah adds new finds; the two latest additions are The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, and The New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, attracted wider readership after Oprah praised the merits of these books.
In all, there are 66 books after more than 10 years of reading, reviewing, and selecting books worthy of induction to the coveted yearly list. All of these Oprah books, except for the selected popular literary classics, gained popularity via the Oprah effect. With more than 500000 viewers per show, it is a cinch to promote book sales. It is no wonder that Amazon sales of these books soar high in ranking.
Reading Pleasure for all Ages
Viewers trust Oprah’s judgment. Why not? Oprah’s choices are not just any books – they are great contemporary books that make you laugh, cry, learn, and ponder the meaning of life. There are difficult books and books that give you reading pleasure that take you away to another world and another time.
Oprah, true to her crusade to introduce the pleasures of reading to young children has her select list of children’s books are classified for infants and two year old toddlers, 3 to 5 year olds, 6 to 9 year old readers, 10 to 12 year olds, and the older set. There are classics and contemporary readers both child and parent can enjoy reading together.
Author Viewpoint and Availability of Oprah Books
Each book that gets Oprah’s nod is given another special touch. Prospective readers or rather the thousands of TV viewers are treated to the author’s personal insights about his or her book during those interviews. When authors talk about their books, where they sourced the inspiration and the struggle in completing their books, a connection is made between the authors and the readers.
Unlike those books waiting in bookstores, the books endorsed by Oprah are available in unconventional places, read Starbucks, and discount shops. The Oprah’s Book Club stamp on a book, increases its chances of being taken off the shelf. This is your assurance you won’t be disappointed with a book written by contemporary writers from and outside the US.
If it had not been for Oprah’s love of books and her crusade, you would always be lagging behind other bibliophiles, wondering which new book is worth your money and your time. These Oprah books are featured in her website, www.oprah.com to help you make informed choices. Now you know what hits you when you’re struck with the wonderful Oprah effect.