Major Rankings Changes

By Shane Sherman on Apr 13, 2024

Lately I've noticed that more and more 21st Century books have been showing up in the top 500, so I've made some adjustments to reduce the chances of this happening. I think the greatest books need to stand the test of time, and I think this change makes for a more accurate list. Please e-mail me if you have any feedback. 

New Rankings and Features

By Shane Sherman on Mar 31, 2024

I have improved the algorithm in various ways to hopefully create a more accurate list. I have also added the ability to see older rankings from the rankings page, you can click from the main menu. I also added 3 new lists. I'll be adding a lot more lists in the future. Whenever I add new lists from now on, I will archive the existing ranked list, and generate a new one, so you can always go back and look at the old rankings from a specific point in time. 

Added back some requested features

By Shane Sherman on Dec 31, 2023

I've gotten some great feedback so far on the changes. I've made a few upgrade today.

  • added back the numbers in front of the books on most of the lists
  • added back stats that are available on the "My Lists" page
  • fixed various bugs that probably were not obvious to most visitors

Welcome to the new site

By Shane Sherman on Dec 30, 2023

Hello! Welcome to the new The Greatest Books site. Lots of things have changed. Here's a list of the new features:

  • Filter by Genre
  • Filter by Country
  • Custom user lists and review
  • Ability to add Comments about a book
  • Smarter algorithm for determining "The Greatest" Books
  • Cleaner and improved design on both desktop and mobile versions

I also added a bunch of new lists and I am going to be adding a lot more over the next couple weeks. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or issues. There is a new login system, that should be seamless but if you have any problems logging in please let me know.

Future Feature List

By Shane Sherman on Dec 29, 2023

Here are some of the features I am currently working on:

  • Recommended books
  • Shared book lists(1 or more people can all edit a user list)
  • Improved date filters (by century instead of specific years)
  • Ability to filter by book length
  • Ability for users to create their own ranking configuration (adjust the weights, and other algorithm modifiers)

If you have any other suggestions for features please join the discord or email me at
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