I subscribe to a number of feeds that push out e-books.
Living in Mexico it is often difficult to find books in english, add to that an e-reader, in my case a kindle, is way easier to travel with. Anyway, one of the feeds I subscribe to gives a picture to go with the book, a brief synopsis of the book, and then it lists the genre; Historical Romance, Thriller, Action Adventure, etc. I've recently started noticing a new 'genre', African American Interest'. What the heck does that mean? African American History, African America Culture, ???
This is an example of a recent book listed as African American Interest
Ninth Ward Blues
By Janelle Smith Toussant
Tracey Dubois has a passion for music and the vocal talent to make her dreams a reality. But her visions of fame are waylaid by handsome JP Baptiste… A heartrending coming-of-age tale set in New Orleans.
Now this books only apparent African America Interest seems to be that the characters are Black, we must presume of African American descent. Is that what it takes to be of African American Interest, I mean this sounds like a Romance to me.
I bought the book, and will read it, for no other reason than because I love New Orleans and its music scene. I can now hope to learn something about African Americans too. If the characters were of Chinese descent do you think this same book would have been listed as Chinese American Interest?
Am I missing something?