Sunday Salon: What makes you decide to buy a book?

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This was a question posed on the Booksnob blog, by the guest poster Mary Losure that I thought I would share with yourselves.

As part of a longer post Mary asks two fundamental questions

What, that you have read online, makes you decide buy a book? and Does a book trailer ever get you to buy a book?

My answers to both questions are as follows:

  • I often take part in Librarything‘s monthly Early Reviewer piece and where I don’t know the author, I go purely on the blurb provided. Where a second or third book from the same author appears in a subsequent batch (and I’ve liked the previous books), I put my name forward for that.
  • I have previously taken part in Goodreads giveaways (similar selection process to the above) but dont anymore as I only received perhaps 1 out of every 30 books I put my name down for. In the end I simply wasn’t getting results anywhere near the effort I was putting in considering and then putting my name forward
  • I am a netgalley reader, and put my name down for pre-release books there, again based primarily on the blurb. I rarely know much about the author.  I have ended up reading several series to completion after picking up the first book.
  • My friends who use bookcrossing recommend books to me, will send me a book that I’ve currently got listed on my wishlist, or I pick up a book based on the blurb on the back at one of our monthly meetings.
  • Publishers, and some authors contact me via twitter (@brumnordie) or my blog (https://nordie.wordpress.com) and ask me to review a specific book.
  • Then there are those books I pick up from authors or publishers I have been reading for years (Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, Neil Gaiman, Jonathon Kellerman, Persephone publishers etc) that  will pick up because I like their work and want to read their next in a series.
  • I don’t watch trailers. Like vlogging, it’s not something I go searching for and I didnt even know it was an option! It certainly doesn’t influence my buying behaviour. If I find a writer’s blog or twitter, it’s usually AFTER I’ve read the book, and if I’ve written a good review, I let them know and thank them
  • I follow book bloggers and see what other people are reading then blogging/tweeting about. Sometimes I’ll add a book to a wishlist but it needs to be a good promote – I have so many books to read at the moment, I dont have much space to take on more books!
  • So it’s the blurb (maybe the cover as well), followed by recommendations from people I know. My advice: write the best book possible, get good blurb written and then get people reading/talking about it! (everything else is just *stuff*)

So, how do you decide which books to buy?

 

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7 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: What makes you decide to buy a book?

  1. Most of the times, I go to the bookstore with a clear list of books that I wanted to read for a long time (picked according to the blurb and reviews) and those books read by fellow bloggers and loved. But when I get to the store, I pick up these other books that catch my eye either due their flashy covers or interesting blurbs. Nice discussion 🙂

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    • I have to be strong willed when going into a store to not pick up more books than I can possibly read anytime soon! My TBR is so huge (and more books come in monthly from various sources) and I’m currently not getting rid of them fast enough

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  2. The buzz on the blogs. If I see a title talked about over and over I’ll go check it out. A good review will get me. And I’m a cover sucker. 🙂

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    • though, ironically, too much hype and I’m turned off. I started Gone Girl, didn’t take to it, then heard all they hype about “Girl on a train” and comparing it to GG. my thought was “But what if I didn’t like Gone Girl?”

      meanwhile I’ll read Wold Hall in a few years!

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  3. Since I started blogging, I’ve been noticing what others are reading, and when I see that we often like the same books, I conclude that I might also enjoy that book or author. The blurbs also help me decide.

    Otherwise, I have my regular go-to authors that I’ve loved for years.

    Thanks for sharing…and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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