Reflecting on 2016-2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Titles

Workflow | February 14, 2018

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The 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Titles have been announced. We looked back to see which subjects and titles were the most popular titles purchased through GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO.

The Choice Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list, published each January, reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed each year by Choice. The new 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Titles list prompted us to look back at the most popular subjects and titles based on GOBI Library Solutions sales data.

Here’s a look at the Choice OAT by-the-numbers.

What were the top three subjects based on quantity sold?
Social Sciences and Science made it into the top three subjects in 2016 and 2017, with Social Sciences topping the subject list two years in a row.  


  1. Social Sciences
  2. Science
  3. Philosophy, Psychology, Religion


  1. Social Sciences
  2. Language and Literature
  3. Science

What were the top five titles based on quantity sold?
In 2016, the top five titles ranged in subjects from biology and earth sciences, to culture in the United States. In 2017, the top five titles seemed to be pulled from the headlines, covering timely news topics.


  1. Feeling Brain: The Biology and Psychology of Emotions, ISBN 9780393706659, WW Norton
  2. Economics of Race in the United States, ISBN 9780674368187, Harvard University Press
  3. Unflattening, ISBN 9780674744431, Harvard University Press
  4. Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable, ISBN 9780691155371, Princeton University Press
  5. That’s the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America, ISBN 9780226472454, University of Chicago Press


  1. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, ISBN 9780674737235, Harvard University Press
  2. Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America, ISBN 9780691172163, Princeton University Press
  3. Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from the Hunger Games to Campus Rape, ISBN 9780231178365, Columbia University Press
  4. Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities, ISBN 9781440836527, Praeger
  5. Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation, ISBN 9780226188850, University of Chicago Press

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What were the first three Choice OAT shipped in 2018?
Based on the 2018 Choice titles, libraries are beginning to see their first Choice shipments for the year. The first three Choice OAT titles shipped by GOBI Library Solutions cover a range of academic topics.

  1. Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has, ISBN 9780810135048, Northwestern University Press
  2. Emergence of Globalism: Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950, ISBN 9780691168722, Princeton University Press
  3. Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution, ISBN 9781568585550, Nation Books

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