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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10,, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revealed its lists of the top 100 books, music and DVDs of 2008, as chosen by its editors. Throughout the year, Amazon editors have been keeping tabs on the hottest products in anticipation of submitting their nominations for the best pop culture books, music and DVDs of the year. This year, Amazon's editors elected "The Northern Clemency" by Philip Hensher as the best book, "Only by the Night" by Kings of Leon as the best album and "Juno," starring Ellen Page, as the best DVD of 2008.

"We read all year with our Best of the Year lists in mind, and then spend much of October trading notes and arguing for our favorites with our whole Books team of rabid readers," said Tom Nissley, Amazon senior books editor in charge of the Best Books of 2008 lists. "This year some of the books we loved best appeared very late in the year, including our top choice, Philip Hensher's novel, 'The Northern Clemency.' It quickly became a favorite here as soon as our advance copies arrived. Its unpredictable and beautifully observed story of two families in Sheffield, England, reminded us of writers from Jonathan Franzen to Anne Tyler and, as our reviewer wrote, 'rings with the universal truth that family makes no sense, and yet makes all the sense in the world.'"

Amazon Best Books of 2008 (

Amazon Editors' Picks


  1. "The Northern Clemency" by Philip Hensher
  2. "Hurry Down Sunshine" by Michael Greenberg
  3. "Nixonland" by Rick Perlstein
  4. "The Forever War" by Dexter Filkins
  5. "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski
  6. "The Likeness" by Tana French
  7. "Serena" by Ron Rash
  8. "So Brave, Young, and Handsome" by Leif Enger
  9. "The Lazarus Project" by Aleksandar Hemon
  10. "The Ten-Cent Plague" by David Hajdu

"Despite a wave of criticism saying Kings of Leon's fourth full-length album is too commercial, 'Only by the Night' may be the closest thing to a pitch-perfect album to drop in 2008," said Renata Sadunas, Amazon music editor at the reigns of the Best Music of 2008 lists. "This album is a model of melodic rock composition, arranged and produced with a warm, inviting veneer, and performed with aching sincerity. The 11 tracks coalesce into a sanguine whole that eclipses the band's much-discussed rock posturing and yields more with every play. 'Only by the Night' establishes Kings of Leon as a rock act worthy of seriously sustained attention, and that's why it's at the top of our list."

Amazon Best Music of 2008 (

Amazon Editors' Picks


  1. "Only by the Night" by Kings of Leon
  2. "Santogold" by Santogold
  3. "Fleet Foxes" by Fleet Foxes
  4. "Lay it Down" by Al Green
  5. "19" by Adele
  6. "Narrow Stairs" by Death Cab for Cutie
  7. "Shine" by Estelle
  8. "Trouble in Mind" by Hayes Carll
  9. "Oracular Spectacular" by MGMT
  10. "For Emma, Forever Ago" by Bon Iver

"'When we began collecting votes for this year's editors' picks, we naturally thought that 'The Dark Knight,' clearly the biggest box-office phenomenon of the last 10 years and a critics' favorite, would assume the mantle of Best DVD of 2008," said Ellen Kim, Amazon movies editor at the helm of the Best DVDs of 2008 lists. "Imagine our surprise as the votes were tallied, when a little film called 'Juno' gently nudged Batman off his gargoyle perch instead. It seems forever ago that 'Juno' ruled the Sundance crowd, then charmed the Academy, then came to the brink of overexposure in one fell swoop. But our editors remembered everything they loved the first time around: the star-making turn from Ellen Page, the turn-screw dialogue by Diablo Cody ('This is one doodle that can't be un-did, home skillet.'), the Moldy Peaches and even that hamburger phone."

         Amazon Best DVDs of 2008 (

      Amazon Editors' Picks           Amazon Editors' Blu-ray Picks

1. "Juno"                          1. "Iron Man" - Ultimate Two-Disc
2. "The Dark Knight"               2. "Transformers" - Two-Disc
                                    Special Edition
3. "Iron Man"                      3. "The Godfather - The Coppola
                                    Restoration Gift Set"
4. "John Adams" - HBO Miniseries   4. "The Dark Knight"
5. "Mad Men - Season One"          5. "Wall-E" - Three-Disc Special
6. "Dexter - The Complete Second   6. "Kill Bill: Volumes 1&2"
7. "The Office: Season Four"       7. "I Am Legend"
8. "Sex and the City - The Movie"  8. "Sleeping Beauty" - Two-Disc
                                    Platinum Edition
9. "30 Rock: Season 2"             9. "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
10."3:10 to Yuma"                  10."Batman Begins"

In addition to the top 100 Amazon editor picks, customers can:

  • Watch exclusive videos featuring interviews with favorite authors, actors and musicians.
  • Tune in to see music videos and movie clips.
  • Browse customer and editor picks in specific genres.
  • Check out new fun feature lists, including Best Book Covers, Best Author Videos, Top-rated and Bottom-rated Customer Reviewed Books.

To view the complete lists of the Best of 2008 and for gift-giving ideas on the must-read books, must-listen to music and must-watch movies and TV shows of the year, visit, and

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