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March 4, 2009

The Times, They Are A-Changin'...for the Better

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Years ago, the New York Times, the newspaper of record and the purveyor of the most respected bestseller list in the publishing industry, struggled with how to recognize the tremendous sales records demonstrated by the Harry Potter books. They were outselling everything else, but they weren't represented on the traditional list. So, the list changed to include children's books. Now, the New York Times is adapting its list again...and it's for graphic novels and manga.

It's wonderful to see the Times doing this. Over the past few years, the industry has seen many positive changes, advances that move the industry closer and closer to the respect it deserves. That an institution as monolithic as the Times, not the fast-moving of organizations, is jumping on the comics bandwagon is welcome indeed. Check out the news here and celebrate the changing Times.