What makes you buy a book?
I have recently received a survey asking what influences my book buying. I haven’t answered the survey yet but it seemed like a good question. I don’t purchase many books because I get more than enough review books. However, I do have to select review books and I make occasional purchases of books.
- I may be drawn to a book by a good cover. If the cover doesn’t grab me I might not look further. That may be shallow but it is true. That doesn’t mean I will purchase a book only for its cover because I have to know that the content is something I want to spend time on. For review books we are often presented the title and author without images so that may not even play a part in the selection initially.
- Similar to the first feature, I may be drawn by favorite authors and genres. If I like the author or genre I will look more closely at the offered book.
- After first glance at cover, author and genre, then I read the book description or blurb to see if the content grabs my attention. Certain things might pull me in, like historical details, mystery, humor or fantasy. Other things might turn me off, like erotica and adultery.
- Now - here is another shallow consideration - I check the number of pages. I have to think twice on books that are over 500 pages (even those in the 400 range) because that is almost the equivalent of two mass paperback reads. I find that the historical fiction books tend to run longer and since I like that genre I may take a longer book and take fewer short ones for a given month line up.
- Next I check reviews. I check 5 star ratings and low ratings for comparison but I look for more depth than just a rating. I look for specific comments in the reviews saying what was liked or not. It’s nice if the review explains a little of the story but I am most interested in how the reviewer feels about the characters, the plot, and the writing.
- Finally I will look at price. I often end up purchasing the Kindle version, and less often an Audible version, of my review print books. I have now started to outline the books for the upcoming months and list the Kindle and Audible prices in case I decide to purchase another format to speed up the reading. I am more apt to pick a $5.95 book to purchase than a $9.99 book.
- I also will add books to my wish list based on recommendations from other book reviewers who I feel that I can trust. Maybe someday in the future I will buy the books when I have a break from reviews!
I applied these thoughts to my TBR choices that are NOT review books. I get two Audible selections a month and I have been trying (without success) to read a book from my “won books” boxes per month. The won books I tend to choose a) by author I want to read and b) level of interest in the book. Over the past year my Audible selections have been influenced by blogger recommendations and/or Audible sales. The blogger suggestions have included: The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), The Parasol Protectorate series (Gail Carriger) and the Iron Fey Series (Julie Kagawa). Series started from sales include: The Lost Fleet Series (Jack Campbell), Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs) and Kitty Norville Series (Carrie Vaughn).
These are the considerations I thought of. How about you? What compels you to pick a review book or buy a book?
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