Where can I find a large corpus of contemporary English writing?
I am a computer programmer, and I would like to execute a program which searches the corpus for certain text-patterns.
I am willing to restrict my search to books.
We can ignore news articles, essays etc...
Actually, a corpus of book titles is sufficient.
If I had a list of 10,000 titles and authors, I could easily obtain digital copies of the books themselves.
I am open to alternative suggestions, but maybe I could use a list of the titles of all books which have ever appeared on the New York times best seller list.
After obtaining a list of NewYork times best-sellers, I can look-up the year of publication for the first editions of each book.
Our goal is to obtain a list of contemporary works.
I would like to remove Moby Dick (1851), etc... from the list.
As such, I can eliminate all books whose first edition was published before the year 1960.
Both fiction and non-fiction are acceptable.
Where can I obtain a list of the titles of all books which have appeared on the New York times best seller list?
The New York Times website mostly has only reports weekly and monthly data, not cumulative lists.