Monday, 18 March 2013

Buyer Habits

Please help us learn a little about your book-buying habits by taking a minutes to let us know by which method(s) you use to chose the books you buy.

Use the poll above. It just takes a moment.

If the method you use is not on this list, please use the comments section to tell us.

Many thanks!!

~ The Tirgearr Publishing Team





27 comments:

  1. I also use fb sites..... freebooksy , bookbub, or free nook books

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    1. Thanks for your reply. I'll have to look into freebooksy and bookbub.

      How do you use free nook books to find books? Do you just go by their recommendations or do you search by genre? Do you look at the reviews on the book page, follow authors, etc.?

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  2. The majority of books I buy show up in my Kobo recommends. I hear about some on facebook and twitter, but I'm mostly influenced by my Kobo when it's in my hand and I'm reading something else.

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    1. Thanks for your reply, Kate. Be sure to mark your FB/Twitter choice on the poll.

      I look at the recommendations on my Kindle too. Do find Nook's recommendations are close to what you would really be interested in?

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    2. Yes, Kobo really seems to know what I like. :) I don't know what I'd do without it. :) Well, perhaps my bank account would be happier. ;-)

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  3. I look at author blogs, read reviews,get recommendations from friends. I look at the title and cover art, then read the blurb of books that look interesting. Grammatical mistakes or a poorly written blurb will turn me off. I tend to avoid books that are "part one of three" because I don't want to get to the end of book one and find nothing is resolved, so I'm forced to keep reading even if I don't like the story. However, I do like series with recurring characters, as the characters carry over, but the plot mysteries are resolved in each book.

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Did you make sure to log your choices on the poll?

      Thanks for your added comments for when you have some books selected for possible purchase.

      'Part one of three' doesn't bother me unless it's a trilogy and each story is stand-alone. If it's one story that's been separated into three volumes because it was too big to be one book . . . not for me.

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  4. I am also more inclined to buy a book from someone I have met either in person or virtually. I will spend my money on a friend's book rather than on one by a complete stranger.

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    1. Thanks Dellani. So would that mean you go by social media to meet those authors and find their books? Be sure to log that in up above :-)

      I wish I could say I've had time for pleasure reads. I read all the books that we contract, but when I want something else, I go back to favorite authors. Or like you, people I meet online.

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  5. I've done the survey. I also buy books if I'm interested in the subject regardless of who the author is. I buy books to support author friends even
    if I've heard the novel before.

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    1. Thanks Cathy. But where do you find those books? Like you, if I like the subject, it doesn't matter who the author is. Though I do have my standbys.

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  6. I have also done the survey. Recommendations from friends is top of my list. But I also buy books after they have been made into films. My house is creaking with books. They multiply by themselves. The piles are growing now that seven bookcases are full. I also have favourite authors and I buy everything they write.

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    1. Thanks Stella. I know about bunny books . . . books that multiply like rabbits around the house ;-) We donated 17 cases of books last year to St Vincent de Pauls and have another 15+ going their way soon. It's madness!

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  7. I get most of my books from allromance.com. I try to stay with them when can that way i do not order a book more than once a I read a lot. I pick my books by 1 author to how the story sounds and three the price and format.
    I pick mainly pdf books so I can save on disk so that if my computer crashes I do not loose my books (this has happened in the past)

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Do you think by only shopping with ARe that you're losing out on some other great reading choices? They're selective with the titles they bring in and mainly get books off OverDrive, which supplies libraries mainly. Do you buy from ARe because they offer PDFs? Have you tried Smashwords? They offer all formats for ereaders, including PDF. Good idea to back up your books! Did you know that on Kindle, every book that goes through your device is automatically saved onto your Kindle library on Amazon's cloud?

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  8. Charity shops. New books are too expensive.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I'd recommend looking into small press. Prices are usually up to half or more off retail paperbacks. And the author gets a royalty for the sale. Sadly, they lose that from used bookstores.

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  9. I choose by the blurb, the cover and last, the rating.

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    1. Thanks, Char. That's once you find the book book. Where do you go to look for those books? Do you spend countless hours going through pages at Amazon, or do you follow blogs, read reviews, etc? If your method isn't listed above, please list it here. :-)

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  10. I am really all over the place with my reading. If I find an author I like I read everything that person has written. I have a Nook and a Kindle so my choices are endless. I love mysteries. A good scary horror book. A great psychological thriller. I am happy when a good book is recommended and I read it, and totally agree, for example "Game of Thrones". Which of course are books and not just one. I guess as you can see I just plain enjoy reading all kinds of genres. Jenny

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    1. Thanks for your comments. Where do you find those books? Do you discover them through social media, recommendations, following blogs, through book reviews, etc? I think most of us will read most everything by a favorite author, but when looking for something new, how do you go about discovering new authors and books? Any of the above? If so, which?

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  11. I read the back page of every book to see if it's what I'm looking for. That is the main attraction that will lure me. Second is the author.

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    1. Thanks Sheree. How do you find those book though? Are you following blogs, get recommendations, etc?

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  12. The books I select: I follow over a dozen authors, reading everything of theirs I can get my hands on, perfering e-book versions, although I don't mind print. I like word of mouth for selecting books, and I am in two book groups and have come across some excellent books and new authors to add to my list.
    I don't facebook or twitter, although I recognize both as good sources.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. I find that word of mouth is excellent, and ironically the base of most social media and blogs :-)

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  13. I love goodreads...I get a lot of suggestions for new books there :)...I also follow many of my favourite authors on twitter and facebook.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback, Amy. I'm assuming you cast your vote for social media as one of the ways you find books? GoodReads probably qualifies as social media and social networking. It's certainly a great interactive site for books. Love it! As much as FB and Twitter grates on me sometime, I spend a lot of time there doing promotions too.

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