Monday Musings | Book Buying Habits

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I guess it comes as no surprise that my book buying habits have changed over the years, but as I was celebrating a great find at the library (yes, I’m a nerd), I wondered if everyone has a list of criteria that determines whether they buy a book or not. Or, more realistically, what those criteria are.

When I ¬†grew up, the books I “bought” were the ones I successfully convinced my parents and relatives to buy for me. When I started having a (small) allowance, I was very picky when it came to actually biting the bullet and buying a book with my limited funds. At this point in life, I mostly bought books that I had already read but loved. But once I moved into my own place and started my first “grown up” job, there was no stopping me. I started buying books that I really wanted to read immediately, regardless of price and format. Well, let’s just say that that kind of buying isn’t sustainable and now I’m back in the “pull back” mode of buying where I have to really think carefully about the books I’m buying as I’m running out of space.

So, I normally follow a set of guidelines when I decide whether I want to buy a book: a) how badly do I want to read this book? b) do I want to read it right now? c) can I buy this as an e-book instead? d) might I find it in the library?

I find these guidelines have served me well so far, and when I see an anticipated read at the library, it’s extra exciting.

Do you give yourself any guidelines when deciding whether or not to buy a book? How have your book buying habits changed throughout the years?

Monday Musings | How You Do Find Your Next Read?

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Today I indulged in one of my favourite guilty pleasures by stopping by the bookstore after work. I happened to see A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan on the shelf and remembered Lupita Reads‘ recommendation and excitedly picked it up. This made me think about my other recent purchases and it made me realize that I do most of my book discovery online. More specifically, my book blogger friends and publishers’ social media accounts play a huge role in introducing me to my next read.

In my publishing class, we learned about consumer habits in terms of book purchasing. I learned that books bought in non-bookstore environments (such as Costco) are more likely to be impulse buys, whereas the majority of people shopping at independent bookstores have a specific title in mind when they visit.

In terms of discovery, it seems like word-of-mouth is still the most effective way to help a book gain traction. Of course, a lot of our word-of-mouth communication has moved online.

And, while I’m sure there is some sort of bias in this sample (note: this is my attempt at sounding scientific), I want to hear how you discover books!

When was the last time you bought a book impulsively? Where were you? Where do you find out about new books? (eg. a newspaper’s books section, bestellser lists, bloggers, etc!)