Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How Do You Decide Which Book To Buy?



I've taken to stalking the lists over at Amazon - both the Top 100 paid and free - for my Kindle. Heaven knows, I don't need any more books, but I'm addicted and I'm planning for the apocalypse where I'll need to bunker down and wait it out. I'm determined to be prepared and if I have a full Kindle, I'll be entertained *shakes head* Yeah, my husband didn't buy that either.

I caught myself doing something, and made me wonder whether I was the only one. How do other readers decide what to gets - especially amongst the free? You would assume a free ebook means you automatically click, but I know that's not the case for me. Don't get me wrong, when I first got my Kindle I went "click" happy. I would get everything in the romance section and surprise, surprise, I either haven't read some of them, or deleted them. So it got me thinking - what influences?

Here's what I noticed about my self:




Top influencer -  The Cover

This is the very first thing I look at. I am a complete cover whore. Plain and simple. I am almost positive I'm missing out on some phenomenal reading simply because the cover doesn't pull me. I will skim lists and my eyes gloss over the books that don't attract. Does that make me fickle? No. It means I like what I like. I'm the same whether I go to a bookstore or shop online. The cover has to appeal. It has to catch my eye. The same amount of time that went into the story and perfecting needs to go into having the best cover. I've bought books JUST for the cover. Sometimes they are just as convincing as the blurb and if both are amazing, there's no stopping the purchase.


Second Influencer - The Blurb

I always look at the blurb. If I'm intrigued by anything by the book, I'll read it. If I love the cover, I go straight to the blurb. I love those that give me just enough to get excited, but doesn't give everything away. I read somewhere readers look for keywords when they're trying to decide based on the description, and I realized I do the same. Don't get me wrong, I read the whole thing, but my mind does look for what it knows I'll like. When the blurb is long, my mind looks and will continue reading if it sees "Oh ... Scotland .... Laird ..... Warrior .... Feisty ... Clan." (just example) The only time the blurb doesn't sell me is if it's so vague, I still don't have a clue after reading it a few times. Paired with the book's cover, the blurb is a strong selling point. It has to give a glimpse of the amazing story inside.


Third Influencer - The Author
I know I'm not alone with this - we have our favorite authors. There are those books where it doesn't matter if everything else sucks, I'm buying it because I love the author. It's a fun feeling when you're shopping and realize there's new work out you didn't know. You're looking at everything and then BAM ... you see who wrote it and it's an instant click. With me blogging, promoting, and being a social media junkie, I see a lot of names and I'm a firm believe in name recognition. I may not have bought "Author One's" book last week, but hey here it is again, the time is right so why not ... click to buy..


Fourth Influencer - The Title

Sometimes the title pulls me in, even if I'm not diggin' the cover. I need to be able to pronounce it so I can tell everyone, it needs to intrigue me, and it needs to make sense. I've read some titles and thought I knew the genre, only to find out I was nowhere close. I've also wanted to learn more about the book because of how it sounds. It's not a deal breaker for me, though. Not like the cover.


Last Influencer - The Rating

I want to say I'm not swayed, but I am just a little. It doesn't prevent me from purchasing a book though. I'm also not one who if the cover and blurb don't do it for me, say "Well it's a 4 star book, I should read it." I do look at it when I'm taking in all the information, and if I see it's pretty low, I'll check out the reviews. I don't always hit this stage, though because I'm influenced more by the above.


So there you have it. That's how I decide when I'm looking through hundreds of books a week. It was interesting discovering exactly what held the strongest influence for me, and now I ask you same the question ...

How do YOU decide which book to buy?

Feel free to comment below!

24 comments:

Christine Rains said...

Great post. I think it important writers pay attention to this sort of thing. I just did a little post on covers today. It does affect my decision whether I pick up a book to learn more about it or not. I try not to judge based on the cover along, but a bad cover can turn me off immediately. I also listen to recommendations from friends. Hearing several good reviews can help push me to buy it.

Shannon Leigh said...

I'm very guilty of judging a book by its cover, which I have learned I should not do. There are many books Ive put off reading because of the cover, only for it to turn out to be an awesome book and vise versa ive bought books on the great covers and the books have sucked.

Also I go by ratings and reviews I read lots of reviews on Amazon and GoodReads and reviews by my friends.

Beth Baccus said...

I love book covers! We feast with our eyes first, so if the cover doesn't catch my eye, then there is a good possibility I will overlook the book. Second, I read the description of the book. I look to make sure it describes a plot I would get into and not want to put down. even though I have been fooled by a description before, it's still my go to for info. Third, I look at author. If I have read other books by the author and loved them, then I will buy this book too. Again, I have been deceived by buying this way also. I also love finding new authors. New authors sometimes add a new element to their writing and I love the discovery part of the experience.

Writing Innovations said...

I would have to say that for me it would go Cover, Blurb, Ratings. If other people think it's good, then I tend to buy it. Sometimes I don't know the author, especially if I'm learning of their books from an interview or book tour, so I may like them or may not, depends on the book lol.

Great post B-

BK Walker

Belinda said...

I'll never forget the lesson I learned wit CL Wilson's Tairen Soul series. I would see them and look over them because I thought they were kinda cheesy. I finally read somewhere someone saying how amazing they are so I bought them. HOLY COW! They are one of my ALL TIME favorite romance series EVER. I cringe thinking I would've missed out if I didn't give them a chance.

Library Lady said...

I definitely judge a book by its cover. I know I shouldn't but I can't help it! I have a hard time making myself read books with the cartoon covers like Sookie Stackhouse. If it hadn't been for a friend, I probably wouldn't have read them. Ratings would probably be the second thing I use in choosing a book. My friends' opinions get considered. I also like to see how many of the blogs I read rate it. If many rate it high, the book gets moved higher on my purchase (TBR) list. Blurbs would be the third consideration. Enjoyed your post! :)

ChrisS said...

I love your post and couldn't help but laugh while reading it and nodding my head saying "Yea.. yea.. me too!" My tbr pile is the size of a 5 shelf bookcase, but I can't help buy new books. I just don't want to miss out on or it was such a good deal. I'm a sucker for a great deal. I am blessed that my husband hasn't complained about how much I spend on books or how many I have....yet. :-)

I have my favorite authors I always pick up their new books. Beyond that, covers are #1 pull for me. Then the blurb. I did however, very nearly miss out on an awesome series because of my cover habit. CL Wilson's Lord Of The Fading Lands was given to me. I wasn't crazy about the cover or the blurb, but read it anyway. Sooo glad I did. It turned out to be one of my all time favorite series.

BookGirlR said...

I totally judge books by their covers and titles. I have been known to buy a book based on the cover alone.

Rayne Hall said...

Mine are similar to yours - but I'll add two more:

- Price. If it's cheap, I'll buy it at once. If it costs more than $2.99, I'll think about it. If it costs more than $5, I'll look for a different book instead.

- Sample pages. I always download and read the sample chapters to see whether I like the writing style. If a book meets all the other criteria, the sample pages decide. Unless the sample pages please me, I won't spend money. This is the final checkpoint. I download about ten samples for every book I buy.

By the way, I'm a rapid reader and avid book buyer, buying on average one book per day.

rayne

Dizzy C said...

Yes, I too go for cover and then blurb, unless it is an author I want to read.

carol

J.R.Barker said...

I too am a cover first girl, however my second influencer is the title. If the Title suggests it's not something I would be interested in I skip it. Then it's the blurb, ratings.
Although this goes completely out of the window when its a favourite author. (As long as they haven't decided to write a cook book)
Of course I can always be swayed if some-one I know tells me I should give it a go. I suppose that would count as an external rating.

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