Reference type: Bibliographical
Authority: This site is maintained by Amazon.com, a leading online bookseller. The data presented here is purported to be from their sales statistics.
Audience Relation: Keeping up with what books are popular, selling well, and just coming out is very important to the science fiction writer. This is the only way he or she can discover the needs of the audience for which he or she is writing. This site is a compilation of person-on-the-cyberstreet data compiled from millions of transactions on these issues.
Scope: Amazon.com has one of the most extensive customer databases of any online company and is the leader in online book sales. This page is designed to meet the needs of their science fiction and fantasy customers by allowing them to see what other people are reading and what new titles are available. This is the virtual equivalent of grazing the science fiction area in a real bookstore.
Content Evaluation: While this page does have more than a few graphics, they are simple and not so large as to be a real hindrance to downloading. The text is mostly black on white, with the exception of links and headers. Some of the text is also delineated by a box. Navigation on this page is fairly simple.
This page is a pretty good resource for discovering the tastes of the readership. Because it is based on actual customer purchases, the information is very telling about real world tastes. Also, the information is categorized neatly into best-selling books, site recommendations form Amazon staff, and even a section on best-selling science fiction writing resources (many of which are reviewed elsewhere on this site). Perhaps the best feature about this page is that all of the books mentioned are currently available for purchase.
This site also offers interviews and articles about and by science fiction authors. These are even archived for later reference. Additionally, there is an option to have future science fiction and fantasy updates emailed to a visitor for free. Lastly, there are links to the science-fiction and fantasy books for pure random browsing in these areas.
Overall, this page is commercial and designed to sell books, however, if used properly, a writer could learn quite a bit about the audience for which he or she writes.