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Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2011, 03:42:45 pm »
Word of mouth, reviews and then by sampling first.

Me, too. It's either hearing someone whose tastes I trust praise a book or stumbling upon a good review from a trusted source. Sometimes a book can catch by eye when I'm browsing, I'll sample it and also check out reviews / feedback.

I've found so many good reads here on Kindleboards. :)

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #26 on: March 05, 2011, 04:21:22 pm »
    Recommendations and reviews tend to pull me in the right direction. 

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #27 on: March 05, 2011, 07:42:16 pm »
    Word of mouth, reviews and then by sampling first.

    I agree with Mr.Shannon. That's about how I do it too.

    Sometimes, I'll just give a book a whirl because the title or image on the cover catches my fancy, and then I'll sample it.


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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #28 on: March 07, 2011, 12:09:45 pm »
    I admit to choosing a book by all of the means listed. But I'm also a closet title junkie. Love titles, love creating titles. I've been known to title my novels before writing them. If I'm in a brick and mortar bookstore, I glance across spines and until a title intrigues me. Then I check out the cover art, read the back cover text, and often, page one to see if I like the author's style. I also check out books recommended by my daughters, both avid readers, but often times don't find the books they read interesting. Couldn't get into the Twilight series at all.

    Goodreads is an excellent site for perusing titles.

    And I always, ALWAYS, read the Amazon reviews before buying. Not just the 5-star reviews. I love to see a mix. The good, the bad, and the ugly. LOL

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #29 on: March 07, 2011, 12:57:03 pm »
    I tend to just start searching Amazon for keywords, and then looking at cool covers, and then looking at linked books and recommendations, and bouncing from page to page until something really jumps out at me. Very unscientific!
        
      

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #30 on: March 07, 2011, 02:09:29 pm »
    However I find a book, I will always read a page or two. If the writing style appeals to me, then I will buy it.

     
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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #31 on: March 07, 2011, 02:25:07 pm »
    I am VERY susceptible to a great cover, even though we are not supposed to judge books by those.  :)

    I also pay attention to recommendations, but if my eye is drawn to a cool cover--whether it's online, at the bookstore or library, or in someone else's house--I'm going to check out that book.

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #32 on: March 07, 2011, 02:40:43 pm »
    1. Word-of-mouth recommendation is my primary source for discovering new authors.
    4/5. Reviews outside of Amazon. I usually stumble across new books from reading their reviews on other sites, including book review blogs.

    As others have mentioned, price matters too. I'm more likely to try out a new author if their books are inexpensive (less than $5).
         

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #33 on: March 07, 2011, 02:44:14 pm »
    Like Julia, the cover can be a big deal.

    But generally, I'm interested in certain genres for fiction and certain types of nonfiction. From there, it's the sample. I will read reviews but I now realize that I can't depend on those. People have different tastes and expectations. So I now download the sample and go from there. My luck has been good so far.

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #34 on: March 07, 2011, 03:13:41 pm »
    If I hear about a book that sounds interesting, I look it up. Ways I "hear" about books are in ebook forums; on Amazon, following links around; and even sometimes on radio. I've never been a reader of reviews, and if someone tells me they know I'll love something, I'm immediately sure I won't.

    So once a description piques my initial interest, I look the book up on Amazon, where it has to be available for Kindle and at a price I'm willing to pay. After that it's whether the description still sounds attractive and is well done. After that it's the Sample, and if I get to the end of the Sample and don't want to quit, I buy. For me covers aren't so much an attraction as a repellent. I don't have to like a cover, but a cover I dislike will stop me investigating further.

    For books that really, really sound interesting or books by favorite authors that are too expensive, it's the library for me.
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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #35 on: March 07, 2011, 04:49:08 pm »
    The signature lines of the authors here and at GoodReads often prompts me to look further.  The lists on Amazon.com and from reviews from friends on GoodReads are also good search vehicles.  Once I find a book that might be of interest to me, I seek out reviews on GoodReads.  I find the reviews there to be a bit more authentic than the ones I read on Amazon.  That's not to say that I ignore reviews on Amazon, but I do place more value on those from here and GoodReads for some reason.  Last, but certainly not least, is word of mouth, recommendations from friends that read similar books that I read, and sometimes just plain luck while reading these threads.

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #36 on: March 07, 2011, 06:54:31 pm »
    I admit to choosing a book by all of the means listed. But I'm also a closet title junkie. Love titles, love creating titles....

    ...If I'm in a brick and mortar bookstore, I glance across spines and until a title intrigues me.

    Hi!  I'm new here, I hope this is an okay way to quote someone--I just couldn't have put that any better.  A great title will sell me on any book.

    To be honest, though, I am not particularly discerning anyway.  If I have the time, I'll read almost anything--so to be more specific, every method mentioned by the OP is used by me, but in addition, I tend to click on titles that pop up and are elegant, horrifying, beautiful, hilarious (you probably get the idea). 

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #37 on: March 11, 2011, 06:29:49 pm »
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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #38 on: March 11, 2011, 08:41:45 pm »
    Its gotta have a awesome cover! No thats not true, look at Twilight, those are terrible covers. Ok it must be family recommendations...but no, my sister once gave me a copy of Tom Sawyer. Yuck! Oh I know, its the blurb on the back...wait...it's...it's all of those things and a whole lot more. People find books in the most unlikely of places. I read Stephen King for the first time, just to get through saturday school detention without slitting my wrists.

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    Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
    « Reply #39 on: March 11, 2011, 08:50:32 pm »
    What Joe said! :)

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