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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2017, 09:16:20 AM »
I  check my favorite authors blog/social media/reddit posts daily for news of a new book (looking at you Rothfuss and GRRM). Then search for series that other redditors tell me are similar to my favorite authors books. Once I find an author that I enjoy, I typically read everything they have to offer and that can take some time.

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2017, 09:43:02 AM »
I assume that the question is new to you, not newly published. I might discover trade books wandering in Europe's biggest bookstore (aka Waterstones Piccadilly), where I'm more likely to be attracted to the 3 for 2 offerings than hot off the press. For ebooks I discover new books from kboards signatures, Cora's 2 mags, the Goodreads UK Book Club, Goodreads Ads, Guardian reviews, and Hugo shortlists (probably via Cora's Speculative mag). Mostly I'm concentrating thumping down the 250+ TBR list. I also swap books with a friend and discovered the wonderful (but only new to me) Children of Time: Winner of the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

I have never decided to buy a book based on customer reviews, but I have often decided not to buy an interesting sounding one based on customer reviews. I make my decision based on the blurb and the Look Inside (or first few pages if in a bookstore).

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #27 on: November 17, 2017, 10:08:19 AM »
The Kboards Writer's Cafe. I also get a dozen or more newsletters every day, and when I see an author or book that interests me (often something I've seen here or in my also bots), I'll buy it while it's cheap.

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2017, 11:31:28 AM »
Checking the "coming soon" category in amazon and the "on order" list at my library
Goodreads monthly newsletter for new releases
Recommendations based on what I've read and purchased
Giveaway listings through goodreads and librarything
Scrolling through the overdrive app
Going to libraries and bookshops to browse

I always read a sample (either in person or I download one through the kindle app)

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2017, 12:28:56 PM »
I read Publishers Weekly book reviews and sample the ones that sound interesting. I check books in the signatures on this board. I use Amazon's search function for genres I like, and I scan the KU selection and usually have no problem finding 30-40 titles a month to try out.

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2017, 02:50:15 PM »
I run a very small Kindle Unlimited book review page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AlwaysAnotherGreatBook/ (not so sneaky self-promo for it) so I'm constantly looking for new-to-me books in KU. Also-boughts on Amazon are gold for that. I also use the new release search/filter thing on Amazon. I pick up some great books in the author groups I belong to on Facebook when someone invites other authors to share links to their books for a newsletter slot etc. I am beyond thrilled when people recommend me books on my Facebook review page - recommendations are the best. Thanks to Holly, I've just found David Leadbeater's books. I also check out books from signature lines here on KBoards :)

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2017, 03:04:33 PM »
I tend to seek out SF/Fantasy blogs and thrillers/crime a bit, as well as the Goodreads sections on it. Most of my physical books have been bought for me by my husband as presents, and he gets it right most of the time ;) Libraries are next as well as browsing in book shops.

I have my favourite authors so I check if they have something new out and sometimes there will be an also-bought or a rec from Amazon for something similar. I prefer to read on my Kindle now as my eyesight has got worse over the years and I can choose my own font size/style. I have some SF books from American publishers that I can barely read, the text is so small on the page. Is paper really expensive in the US or something?



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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #32 on: November 17, 2017, 03:06:56 PM »
Most often in in the also bought by row.

Yep also boughts, totally work great because it'll be the cover that catches my eye.
Also the AMS ads work very well too--again the cover will catch my eye.
Because of that, I am a tough sale--you've got to have a great cover to catch my attention. Your blurb must sound interesting and show me that your story is unique. And finally I do skim the Look Inside...I read the first paragraph and it must grab me. Then a I skim through more to make sure the writing isn't gawdawful.

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2017, 07:48:01 AM »
Oh! Oh! I know this!

From book podcasts! Amirite?

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2017, 08:35:32 AM »
When I have a spare hour - or two - I like to grab a coffee, pretend I'm in brick and mortar bookshop and spend some time on Amazon browsing the first few pages of various titles. Samples of possibilities get sent to my Kindle, and I peruse them once cosy in bed, and then I click 'buy' on the winners.  But having just joined this rather spiffing forum I'm guessing I'll find quite a few must-reads right here!
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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2017, 09:02:16 AM »
There's going to be a bit of selection bias here. I'm another one who looks at signatures on Kboards; I also try out a fair few new authors or series through Patty's speculative fiction promotions.

Browsing Kobo recommendations. I don't look at Amazon's any more, except perhaps when I'm buying graphic novels in paperback. Kobo's recommendations aren't perfect, but there are some books that keep catching my eye.

I don't look at Goodreads, because its discovery has never been great for me.

Social media is actually a big one. I tend to pay attention to the books everyone is talking about, rather than writers plugging their own work. However, if I'm already a fan and a writer announces their next work then that's one way I'll find out about it - I rarely subscribe to newsletters.

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2017, 12:54:43 PM »
Goodreads because the reviews tend to be more honest and their recommendations are based on reader genre tags, not on authors tagging their books' genres themselves (and often disingenuously so).


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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2017, 04:31:29 AM »
Kboards signature lines and also boughts.

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #38 on: November 19, 2017, 11:46:47 AM »
The "also bought" rows under favorite books.  Sometimes Goodreads is helpful too. 

I used to enjoy Stephen King's annual top 10 books of the year columns in Entertainment Weekly.  It's how I discovered the wonderful David Benioff book titled "City of Thieves."

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #39 on: November 19, 2017, 08:19:18 PM »
Almost all of the books I read are the result of a personal recommendation from a trusted source.  If I ever get caught up enough on those titles, I love to wander the stacks of the library or aisles of the bookstore in my favorite sections.  I'm still very much old school and love to be able to pick up a physical copy of a book to browse through it to see if I want to read it.  Digital page flip previews just don't interest me.

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #40 on: November 20, 2017, 05:01:16 AM »
I probably pick 80-90% of my Want-To-Reads from newsletters like BookBub, ENT or others like it. Sometimes it's a cover that catches my eye enough to get me to read the blurb.

I don't go sifting through the Also-Boughts or Sponsored Lists because after three or four clicks they all begin to look the same to me.
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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #41 on: November 20, 2017, 06:25:40 AM »
I've been reading mostly historical fiction set in my period for the past five years or so. I used to read a lot of free and .99 cent, but I've given up on that now except for the occasional Bookbub by someone I already know. The best recommendations come directly from friends or from authors I love. Some of them give recommendations on their blogs or web pages. Non-fiction is almost entirely research, but also some contemporary stuff- autobiography or economics, for instance. The research stuff I mostly find searching on Amazon or sometimes get from Bookbub.

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #42 on: November 20, 2017, 11:15:46 AM »
Serendipity  :).

I live in a retirement village and just about everyone who moves in donates a load of books to our library, so I'm never without a paperback. People also give me packets of books to pass on to various charities, so I get an opportunity to read them before handing them over.  :)

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« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2017, 01:56:51 PM »

I used to enjoy Stephen King's annual top 10 books of the year columns in Entertainment Weekly.  It's how I discovered the wonderful David Benioff book titled "City of Thieves."

Ha! That's how I discovered that same book. I read (and loved) it back when I still used to read physical books.

These days, most of what I read comes from friends' recommendations. Several of them match my reading tastes almost perfectly, so if they love a book, chances are better than even that I will, too.

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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #44 on: November 20, 2017, 03:55:10 PM »
I hunt for new books and popular books a few ways: First, I hit up my local bookstore in person and see what places like Barnes&Noble are currently promoting. Next, I get onto my Goodreads account and see what my groups are currently reading (I also check reviews for any B&N books I saw that I'm curious about). I don't typically use Amazon to find books because people are publishing new things on Kindle every day.
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Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« Reply #45 on: November 20, 2017, 04:56:10 PM »
If I like an author then I read everything they have written, that takes up most of my reading time. (Same goes for audio books, which is what I 'read' most these days).

But for finding new authors I just buy anything where I like the cover.

I glance at the blurb but not much else and it would have to be very badly written to put me off if I'm already sold on the cover. I see the covers in also-boughts on Amazon and I see covers here. Between those two I have never had to go looking. I must own a few thousand books that I bought after liking the cover in someone's signature line.

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