Lists and reviews at the NYTBR

Last month, in The New York Times: A Family Newspaper, Paul McLeary pointed out that “six of the 61 books on the nonfiction portion of the [paper’s 100 Notable Books list] were authored by Times staffers, and another four by regular contributors to the paper.”

Now the Times’ public editor considers “the perception of a conflict of interest [that] can hang over both the weekly review process and the notable-books list when Times staffers are involved,” and suggests that the Book Review revisit an option considered and discarded last year: “simply notifying readers of new books by Times staff.”

Update: Here’s a dissenting opinion.


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