What do I look for when buying a book? Cover? Blurb?

Thursday, May 26th 2011:
QUESTION: Put on your reader’s hat.  When shopping for a book, what do you look at to help you make a decision whether or not to purchase?  How important is the cover art compared to the blurb?
Question provided by affiliate author Ginger Simpson

When I go to buy a book the names of my favorite authors are uppermost in my mind. I want as many of the new books by these authors as are available and as I have money to pay for them. If no new books are out by my favorite authors, I look first at the mystery section to see what’s available by authors I have already read and have a sense of what to expect. Once I have a book in my hand I read the blurb. Too many times I’ve looked, and still do, at the cover, and it doesn’t really help me make up my mind on whether to buy or not.  Craziest thing I do when visiting a book store is that I’m always looking at James Patterson’s books and yet I never buy them and I have no idea why I don’t. But one of these days…

About lprobinson64

I have been writing short stories for 25 years and am now working on my first novel. Besides writing, I love to read a great variety of genres with crime/mystery/fantasy being at the top. Dean Koontz is my favorite author, but there are so many more I can't list them all. I also like to crochet, sew, and do many kinds of crafts. Being a retired school teacher sure helps me find the time for all my favorite activities. Can't understand why people don't like retirement. It is a good time to follow a new dream.
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5 Responses to What do I look for when buying a book? Cover? Blurb?

  1. Now, I strike up conversations with the staff at bookstores, too. I try everything I can to make sure that I buy something I’ll really enjoy. But, like you, I stare at the covers of some books every single time I enter a store, but they simply don’t move me to buy.


  2. I sent a question to the group about James Patterson’s books, Lu! How spooky is that? You should read them, they’re an experience 😀

    Maybe his books, for you, have ideal covers…but since you’ve never read his books you’re not tempted enough…?


    http://bit.ly/ja5UsB My blog post!

  3. Clayton Bye says:

    Read one James Patterson, then you’ll know what the masses like. You can then go on to a more discerning read. A blunt answer, but a true one.

    My answer to the same question is here: http://www.claytonbye.com/modules.php?name=Home&op=show&pid=8

  4. Megan Johns says:

    Favourite authors are always my first posrt of call, too

  5. Favorite authors are a given! I usually preorder without even knowing what the story’s about this time. I just know it’s going to be good. 🙂

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