Dear Reader – Please, tell me HOW?
How do you choose a book to read? Carefully or on impulse?Research has told us the majority of books are read because a friend has recommended the story. But what if that friend reads a different genre and style?
I once recommended a book to a friend who liked modern, down-to-earth crime stories with realistic characters and plots, whereas the story I’d recommended was set in the past, used lyrical language, had a bunch of dotty characters and a plot line any amateur private eye would have walked through. I enjoyed it mostly because of the setting and the language: she hated it. The books were a bit like comparing Agatha Christie with Dan Brown.
So, I’d like you to rank the reasons you would choose a book – other than it had been recommended by someone you know.
So, first up the book itself. Why do you choose a book?
In which order do you rank the following choices?
- The title.
- The cover design.
- The shout line on the front cover, which tells you a little about the setting and mood of the story.
- The blurb on the back cover, which provides hints of the troubles the leading characters will meet along the way.
- The price.
- Reason 2:
Now, where would you buy it? Do you prefer print or e-books?
- In a bookstore as a print book.
- Online via book sites like Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, etc. - as an e-book
- Online via a bookstore – eg: Whitcoulls, Mighty Ape etc. – as a print book
- From a market stall or sales table.
- From the author at an author talk, or book signing.
And how did you know about the book?
- You follow the author.
- You saw (or heard) it being advertised.
- You saw someone reading it.
- You asked a friend.
- You didn’t know about it beforehand – you bought it on impulse (see first set of questions about the book.
Please type the Reason Number and the 1-5 of your ranking in the comments below.
Reason 1: 1-5
Reason 2: 1-5
Reason 3: 1-5