The books are listed on the site alphabetically and were not ranked in any order, according to a report by CNN, which cited Sara Nelson, the editorial director of print and Kindle books at Amazon.com.
“One of our tasks was to have books that don’t feel like homework: ‘eat your vegetables’ books,” Nelson said. “There was nothing in there except ‘I loved this book when I was 12 for this reason.’ We lobbied each other.”
Orwell’s 1984 was hotly debated, according to Nelson, who talked more about how the books were selected.
“It wasn’t so much ‘Is “1984” a great book?’ but ‘Should we put “1984” or “Brave New World”? Should we put “Lord of the Rings” or “The Hobbit”?’ On a 100 book list, you probably can’t put both,” Nelson said. “We tried to find books that were iconic and that would lead to other books.”
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