Letter from the editor.


Back when I entered the publishing industry and started Bookmarks, I had a few supplemental business ideas. One was to publish quick one-off books on area professional and collegiate sports teams. You'd find the books in local bookstores, and they would be the perfect gift for that person (usually Dad) who never seems to like or need anything but who loves sports.

Shortly thereafter, a publisher named Triumph Books succeeded doing exactly that, and it was acquired by Random House in 2006. That could have been me!

I've realized that I'll never get around to following up on one of my other ideas, so I'm throwing it out into the world in the hope that someone can make it a reality and perhaps earn a meager living in the process.

Right now, to my mind, there is no definitive traditional college graduation gift. Besides money. My parents got me a mattress in the hope that if I had a place to sleep, I wouldn't be moving back into their house.

Someone needs to create a different take on the "What Books to Read During Your Life" book and market it as the perfect graduation gift.

Now, my shelves are full of these kinds of books. The traditional approach, as honed by Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major in the updated The New Lifetime Reading Plan, is to focus on authors. While this kind of structure provides historical context and is an easy way to organize material, it doesn't make individual books easily accessible. Their effort is more of a college course than a source of reading inspiration.

We need a book that is nicely illustrated, list oriented, focused on individual books, and has many different approaches to answer the question, "What should I read next?"

The recently published 1001 Books...

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