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How does Amazon compile its list of must-read books?

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An editorial team from Amazon curated and published the company's "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime" list in 2014 with the intention of creating a must-read list of books for the modern reader. The books that made the list were selected for their cultural and literary value.

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The books were chosen by the same editorial team that publishes Amazon's "Best Books of the Month" features and the Omnivoracious blog. The team included Amazon employees Jon Foro, Mari Malcolm, Robin Rothman, Neal Thompson, Chris Schluep, Sara Nelson, Kevin Nguyen and Seira Wilson.

The list includes both non-fiction and fiction selections and spans most literary genres. The selected books are generally listed alphabetically and are not ranked. The oldest book on the list is "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, published in 1813, while the most recent is "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson, published in 2013. Amazon.com also lists several famous literary titles that did not make the cut, including "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams and "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville.

As of 2015, Amazon's website offers a voting option for people wishing to submit their opinions on the list through the Amazon-owned cataloging site Goodreads.com.

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