It appears that Goodreads will now make book recommendations (based on your previous ratings and selected genres), much like Netflix. Goodreads doesn’t (apparently) pull in other reader’s interests, but can a “friends also read” category much like Amazon’s “customers also bought” be far behind?
Which brings me to the topic of “How do you find your next book?”
If you’re like me, you have a TBR list a mile long and I could pull books from there for the rest of my life. But that doesn’t always determine what I read next. Laura Pauling had a good post about picking books from the “slush pile” to read, and I have to admit that the last few books I bought/selected to read weren’t from my TBR but ones where 1) the authors were coming to town for a signing (The Familiars, Book 2 Secrets of the Crown), 2) it was a sequel I wanted to read (Hunchback Series, Book 3), or 3) another sequel that I still have a signed copy on order (Goliath).
Those are firmly in the “author reputation” column, but I also buy books based on personal recommendations, price, and occasionally cover.
According to Kathryn Rusch, people buy books because:
1. Author reputation (52%)
2. Personal recommendation (49%)
3. Price (45%)
4. Book Reviews (37%)
5. Cover/Blurb (22%)
6. Advertising (including online) 14%
Now that I’ve hopelessly muddled the data by pre-feeding you answers, how did YOU decide to buy your last three books? (I tried to make a form, but it’s clearly too early in the morning for my brain to figure that out!)
p.s. Thursday is author blog hop day with my publisher, Omnific Publishing. Join the hop or link along …