What makes you buy a book?
I'm sure there have been thousands of studies throughout the years on what makes a consumer buy a certain product -- publishing houses included.
So, I guess I'm doing my only little study.
For me, it's a given, I'll buy books written by my favorite authors. If there's a new one out, I don't even bother to look at the cover, sometimes I might not even read the blurb. I see the name, my heart skips a beat, and it goes into my basket. I bought two for that very reason today.
But what about new authors, or authors you've never read before. What attracts you the most?
Last year, I bought a few books based solely on the fact that one of my favorite authors had a tiny endorsement on the front of it. I thought they would be similar to her style. I was wrong, so I doubt I'll do that again.
Often times, I'll buy books by a certain publishing house I'm considering targeting, to see what they're looking for or I'll buy new authors because I want to see what's being bought by editors.
I think, over the years, I've only purchased two books based upon what was on the cover, and from what I can remember, I was disappointed in both of them. I will admit that I've passed up books in the past, because I didn't care for the cover. But I've tried to stop doing that. I've learned that sometimes the cover doesn't have anything to do with what's inside.
So what about you? What makes you buy a book, or not buy a book? Is it the cover, the blurb on the back, the first page, the last page, new authors, certain publishing houses, certain lines, endorsements from a favorite author, recommendations?
What makes you pick that book up in the first place and what makes you either put it back on the shelf, or in your buggy?