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STATUS: I’m getting my 80s groove thing on to start the week. How can you be upset when listening to nostalgia music like this?

What’s playing on the iPod right now? THE LOOK OF LOVE by ABC

So this morning I’m breezing through my copy of Publishers Weekly as we had just found out our author Sherry Thomas was getting a new PW review for her August release DELICIOUS (and a fab review at that!). I was pretty sure it was coming in the current issue that hasn’t hit my mailbox yet but to make sure, I scanned the latest copy.

Well, this article caught my eye. Zogby International, in conjunction with Random House, did a survey on current readership. Here’s the link if you want to read it more fully.

And here are just a few eye-popping stats from this poll.

82% of Readers prefer the hard copy of a book over the electronic version (Oy! I’m in the minority. I love reading on my Kindle.)

43% of readers go into bookstores looking for a specific title

77% of those readers make additional purchases when looking for a specific book

52% of book purchasers are swayed by cover art

49% of book purchasers are swayed by reviews

35% of book purchasers have been swayed by a cover quote (now my authors understand why we work so hard to get those cover quotes!)

60% of book purchasers are swayed by recommendations from friends or family members.

Word of mouth is everything!

Alas, I didn’t see any stats on back cover copy and whether that influences a purchase. That could have been relevant concerning all my recent blog posts regarding it.

But let’s do our own, not-so-scientific and spur of the moment sample poll:

Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

How many books do you buy in a year?

How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

I’ll compile our own totally unscientific stats tomorrow or on Wed.


203 Responses

  1. Anonymous said:

    Hi Ms. Nelson
    I actually had a quick question unrelated to your poll (sorry!).
    I emailed a query about a month ago, and I know you’ve been super busy catching up so I was just wondering if it got lost in the shuffle or if I should wait a little while longer?
    Thanks!
    Emily

  2. nlnaigle said:

    1-hard copy or electronic? HARD

    2-When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? ALWAYS

    3-bought a book based on the cover alone? NO

    4-ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? ABSOLUTELY

    5-How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? OFTEN

    6=ever bought a book because mentioned on this blog? If so, which book(s). YES

    7-How many books do you buy in a year? Oh Lord!! – 50ish?? More if you include non-fiction, too.

    8-How many books do you check out from the library in a year? I’m not a library girl — I like them to be mine, mine, mine 🙂

  3. Claude said:

    Love your blog Kristen.. thanks for all the great info.

    Yes I do much prefer hard copy to electronic copy of a book. much more relaxing to read.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? Big Yes there.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Rarely

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). Yes… Rachel Gibson’s books.

    How many books do you buy in a year? Fifty plus.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Nil.

  4. MsHellion said:

    I am in the 82%. I prefer hard copy to electronic. It’s harder to cuddle my laptop in bed.

    I sometimes buy a second title after going into a bookstore for a specific item. If I’m at my discount bookstore, I *USUALLY* buy a second or third title than if I got the book at B&N and I had to pay full price.

    I’ve bought a book at least once due to a cover, but I don’t think it was a good book because I haven’t done it since. Other factors must play before I purchase now.

    I’ve bought MANY books due to cover copy. Though occasionally this has been misleading and I’ve now had to add the “read the first page” or “read page 69” tests to it before buying someone new.

    I have bought most of books lately due to word of mouth recommendation. Though in some cases it’s taken 5-10 times of being recommended before I’ve conceded, if the genre is out of my norm.

    I don’t think I’ve bought books that you’ve recommended; however, I do buy books of clients you represent. (I love Leslie!)

    I probably buy about 20-40 books a year (not all fiction, about 1/3 research/writing books.)

    I probably borrow 200+ books a year from the library. Many times if there is a book I read there that I think is a keeper I will go out and buy it after.

  5. Mrs. Jones said:

    Hard copy — but I will buy a Kindle when they fix/update a few things. I think it’d be great for travel.

    Yes, always a second (or third) title!

    No, not on cover alone.

    No, not based on back cover copy.

    60% of the time I buy based on the recommendation of a friend, family member or another writer, the other 30% would be familiarity with the author or interest in that particular genre/subject matter.

    ALLY CARTER’S books — previewed by me for my daughter. I LOVED them so much I’ve recommended them to mothers of other preteen and teen girls.

    I buy about 30 to 40 books a year. At least. More some years and a lot more if you count my kids. I also make full use of the library and if I LOVE a book go out and purchase it.

    I check out at least 100 books from the library a year. I try to read them all but it’s not always possible.

  6. Elissa M said:

    Hard Copy, no contest

    Yes, usually three or four

    Yes (I’m an artist)

    Yes, but I’m more likely to reject one if the copy sounds blah

    Many, many times

    Yes, Lisa Shearin’s (and recommended it to others)

    20? 40? I don’t keep track!

    Library use varies. Some years none, some dozens.

  7. Anonymous said:

    I prefer hard copy. Sometimes it’s the book as artifact and comfort object thing; sometimes it’s because I need to gloss the book with my own marginalia. When I work, I always ask for both a hard copy and an electronic copy of the text.

    I almost always buy more than one book at a time.

    Although a beautiful cover can get me to pick something up, it doesn’t seal the deal. I also pick up books with ugly covers–I buy them less often, but ugly can be eye-catching.

    I think that I bought “The Name of This Book is Secret” because of the back cover copy; it’s hard to sort that influence out from the compelling nature of the title, though.

    Rarely. Usually if someone closely connected to me wants me to read a book, they give it to me.

    No. Sorry.

    It’s a book a week or a little more.

    I check out 20 or 25 books a year. My six-year-old checks out 1 or 2 a week.

    (One thing about beautiful covers: Lately I have noticed that there are many beautiful covers featuring young women’s backs, usually dressed in period clothing. My initial reaction was “OOO pretty!” but now it is starting to creep me out. Why isn’t the head part of the picture? What has become of her legs, her hands? I can’t remember the fairytale classification number, but the archetype of the girl without hands seems to be in play.)

  8. doortoriver said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy, no question.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    *laughs* Every time, without fail. In fact, I know from experience to save up my pennies – a trip to the bookstore usually results in five or six books.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    A couple of times. The funny thing is… I didn’t like the book each time, and so only repeated the experiment once.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    YES. A thousand times, yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Only sometimes; I will go and LOOK at a book based on recommendation, then make up my own mind based on a quick peruse and the back-cover copy.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Off-hand, I’m honestly not sure; I can say that every time you mention a book, I go look it up to find out more.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    I have absolutely no idea. A lot.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    Shamefully, none. The reason is actually simple: If I like the book, I want to own it, and I’m going to buy it anyway. If I don’t like the book, I’m either going to return it for another one, give it to a friend who might like it, or donate it to said library. Usually the latter. (This led to a stack of vampire books going to a Mormon temple’s library once, but that’s another story.)

  9. Alison C. said:

    A poll!

    I prefer hard copy to electronic–it’s much easier to annotate text, and as a Grad Student, I NEED to write in my books! Plus, e-book readers and bathtubs just don’t mix …

    When I go to the store to buy a particular book, I often end up with at least one more book (often for each of the three kids plus hubby), depending on the finances at the time.

    Book based on cover alone? Only Terri Windling’s Fairy Tale Series.

    On back cover copy? Yes–when I know the author.

    Friend or family–HELL YES!!!

    How many books in a year–for ME, at least 24 (I know, but I’m poor and many of these books cost over $35). For the family–at least 50.

    Books from the library–last semester, I had 40 books checked out at one time. That doesn’t count the ten or so books I checked out, decided I couldn’t use, then returned. Next semester should be worse (three papers to write instead of two).

  10. Anonymous said:

    Hard copy – but that could change. As technology advances I could be persuaded to try a new format. (I’m waiting for the Kindle to get a touch screen at least).

    When going into a store to buy a book I come away with other purchases about 40% of the time.

    Much to my disappointment I have purchased a book based on the cover alone…won’t make the same mistake again.

    Back cover copy often inspires me to crack the book and read the first few pages which is where I decide whether the book is worth a purchase.

    I almost never buy a book based upon a friend or family’s recommendation (although I will pick it up at the library)

    I picked up Sherry Thomas, Linnea Sinclair, and Jana DeLeon based upon your enthusiastic recommendations.

    I purchase 50-60 books a year.

    I check out from the library around 40-50 books a year.

  11. Cassie K said:

    Hard copy always!
    Yes, definitely. As if I could get out of a bookstore with ONE book.
    Not even close – looked at – yes, but never buy one just because of the cover.
    Yes.
    Rarely – I have specific tastes.
    Afraid not, sorry Kristin! I do like Carolyn Jewell though and I know she’s yours.
    Ouch – honestly? Probably over 75 but I’ve never counted. A better question would also be how many did I buy and ultimately finish reading. That’s a sad statistic. 🙂
    None. I buy them only. Only research books from library.

    This is cool! Can’t wait for the results!

  12. ICQB said:

    I prefer Hard copy.

    Yes, I’ve bought a second title.

    Yes, I’ve bought based on cover art alone.

    Yes, I’ve bought based on the back cover copy. That’s what I look at second – first the cover, then the back cover/jacket flap copy. I *never* read the first page or so to decide if I like it. Cover and copy all the way for me, unless I’ve heard about it from other sources and am there specifically to buy the thing.

    I have bought several books based on freinds’ or family’s recommendations, but mostly I like to browse the covers and flaps.

    I don’t think I’ve bought a book mentioned on this blog yet. You did mention one that I’m looking forward to reading when it comes out (not published yet). But I pay attention, and lots of the books I read come from mentions on agent/publisher/librarian blogs.

    I buy maybe five per year, the rest I check out of the library.

    My library card is smoking, I check out so many books in a year. I literally have my library card number memorized so that I can place holds on books through my library’s online service. Some are for research for my writing, some are to keep up on what’s being published, lots are for pleasure alone. Currently I have 3 checked out and five on my hold list – one of which I found at Andrew Karre’s Flex blog and which was recently reviewed on the bookshelves of doom blog.

  13. Heather said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy (electronic tends to hurt my eyes!).

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? No

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes, if it’s a description of a book. No, if it’s a review or quote.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Yes

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Yes – Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume.

    How many books do you buy in a year? Probably less than five. I utilized our very good public library.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? 50-60

  14. Cathy in AK said:

    1. Hard copy. I don’t own a reader, so sitting up in bed with my PC is a pain.

    2. I rarely leave a bookstore (or go to the checkout at an online site) with just one book. They’re like Lays potato chips in that way.

    3. Never bought a book based on the cover alone, though …

    4. I have bought many books based on the back cover copy.

    5. I often buy on friend and/or family recommendation, or borrow their copies : )

    6. Can’t recall if I’ve bought based on your mention…sorry!

    7. Buy 10-20 a year (half new, half from the UBS or Friends of the Library sales)

    8. Check out from the library 8-10

    It’ll be interesting to see the results of your poll.

  15. Amy Gallow said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    To my left, as I sit typing, is an entire wall of books and I own less than a dozen ebooks, six of which I wrote myself.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    No.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    No.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    No. I’ve read a lot of them because I love browsing in book stores, but they rearely influence my decision to buy.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    I usually borrow the book from them instead.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    No.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    10-12.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    twenty plus some for supplementary research, the rest for enjoyment.

    Amy

  16. liss n kids said:

    I hope I was supposed to post these in the comments. Otherwise I feel just a little foolish.

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    hard, please, though I love reading other things online

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    always at least one, usually two, and three or four if my husband isn’t along!

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    I haven’t bought one because of the voer art alone, but that’s often what makes me pick up the book in the first place.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes, often. Then I’ll usually start reading the beginning of the first chapter, too.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Very often. That’s how I hear about most books. Sometimes online recommendations, like on people’s blogs.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Yes, one, but I honestly can’t remember which one. Sorry!

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    about a hundred, including the kids’ books

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    about two hundred, including the kids’ books.

  17. GUD Magazine said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy all the way :).

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Usually. Sometimes a third, fourth….

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    No.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Not solely, no. I’ve rejected many on that basis :). But I always look at the writing.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    I don’t do this any more.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Usually by the time they’re available over here, I’ve forgotten you mentioned them. Sorry!

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    c. 100

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    None. My local library is useless.

  18. MissPride said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard Copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    All the time!

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Sure have

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    I always read the back cover copy…and yes!

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    A time or two.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Hmmm, not sure.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    I couldn’t even begin to guess. Does a boat load count…lol

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Minimum 5

  19. chicklitter said:

    Long time reader, first time commenter. 🙂

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    I prefer hard copy because it’s easier on my eyes, but considering I’m getting published in electronic format I guess I better get used to it.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Every single time. Never fails.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    No, but I have NOT bought a book based on the cover alone. I will admit, though, that the cover of Lisa Kleypas’ Mine Till Midnight drew my attention for months until I eventually caved in and bought it.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    All the time. I have some “auto buy” authors who could have gibberish for back cover copy and I would still buy their books. For newer authors, or authors I don’t read frequently, it’s usually the back cover copy combined with the first few paragraphs that convince me to make a purchase.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Not too often. I have a handful of friends who’s opinions I trust, and who know what kind of books and voice I enjoy reading.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    No, but I have bought books you’ve mentioned simply because I was already planning on doing so.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Oh, man. At least 75, if not closer to 100+.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Zero. I’m one of those weirdos who likes to own her books and show the world everything she’s ever read.

  20. Suzanne said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy–though if I had a Kindle, I’d probably prefer electronic.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Of course!

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No. I’ll be attracted to the book sometimes based on its cover, but it needs to grip me when I check out the beginning for me to buy it.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Same as above re: cover. I’ll see the front, I’ll read the back, and then the next step is to read the beginning couple or so pages, to see if it engages me.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? My fiction tastes are very different from much of my family and friends, but at times (maybe five a year out of dozens of books purchased) a friend or family member will recommend a book and I’ll buy it solely on that.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) That’s how I got onto Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series! I saw the cover in the bookstore, and I thought, “Ooh, her agent blogged about this!” And then I did my back cover/first few pages sweep, and bought it immediately. And the next day I went back and bought the second.

    How many books do you buy in a year? As said, dozens. If I had to guess…probably around fifty or so? And we must keep in mind that I have very little to spare, so if I had my way I’d buy hundreds.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Maybe twenty. I try not to check out from the library often, because I am a flake and I forget to return it, or I get jam spilled onto it, or something else happens and it ends up being cheaper (or less of a hassle) to have bought it than borrowed it.

  21. suelder said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy, paperback specifically, it’s more portable

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes, usually a “bargain book”

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No. Not that I can recall.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes, several times.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Absolutely, it’s usually the only way I buy a book.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Yes, Rumble on the Bayou. It was cute.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    30-50

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    110 +

    Sue

  22. Melissa Biemans said:

    I work in a book store – I’ll answer for me, and, where possible from the point of view of our store.

    * Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?*
    I personally prefer a hard copy.

    *When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?*
    Almost always. If I’m shopping at a store other than my own, I am usually looking for a title I did research on. But there is usually another on the shelf beside it that looks equally as good.

    For our average reader, hand selling and add on sales are our bread and butter. Sometimes it’s enough for us to say “OH! you like Sophie Kinsella? Have you tried Emily Giffin or Laura Wisenburger?”….. another reader on the course of finding a new author.

    *Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?*
    For Me, Almost always. But it has a lot to do with being surrounded with books all day long, every single day. Most days something comes in that I’ve never heard of, but the cover has caught my eye. I need to read it. If it caught my eye, chances are it will catch someone else’s and I’ll need to know about it. 8 out of 10 times, I’ve liked the book… there have been those few “MEH, well, at least I tried it” books, but they are few.

    *Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).*

    For Me, It’s not singularly because of the back copy. But let’s face it, we don’t shelve the books with their back covers facing the world. And even if we did, the print would have to be title size to get your attention. BUT, for the sake of argument, If I am interested in the title (IE the wording and catchiness.) then I am swayed more by the back cover than the front.

    For my average customer, it seems more to do with the back cover. Many people will hear us talking up a book, read the back cover and make their own decisions. Even word of mouth and personal reviews do not sway more than a back cover.

    *How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?*

    Hardly every a family member (though they tuned me into Harry Potter)… more often it’s my coworkers at the book store, the industry blogs and our random house rep. (who often calls us with new/hot titles to get in on the ground floor with).

    *Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)*

    Yes, Actually. “I’d Tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you.” and “Cross my heart and hope to spy.”… which, actually, I had a question about. Our buyer has asked us to shelve “Cross my heart” in our Young readers section ad ‘I’d Tell you….” in our teen section. (???) … where would YOU like to see them (my manager asked me and i was torn, but said I’d go right to the source.. hehe)

    *How many books do you buy in a year?*

    HECK!!! Um.. Let’s say I buy at least 4 a week, so that’s 12 a month, so that’s over 140… YIKES!

    *How many books do you check out from the library in a year?*

    ZIP! I like to have my copy (and it doesn’t hurt that I work at a book store)

    ACK! Sorry if this goes twice.. it kicked me back and I don’t know if the first time went through.. I’ll try once more.

  23. Fiona said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy. Electronic copies hur my eyes, I can’t afford a Kindle and well… book are meant to be held, smelt, turned…

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Quite often, especially if there’s a 3 for 2 offer conning me into buying more books then I intended.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Not alone, I suppose. If I thought I wouldn’t like it, I wouldn’t buy it, but I may be more likely to buy it if I really like the cover as well.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    The blurb? Yes, quite often the majority of the time, does this effect me. What I can’t stand with some books is that the majority of it is just quotes from reviews telling me how good it is. And then they don’t actually tell you what the book is about. I do read them, but it doesn’t actually effect whether or not I buy them. In fact, if they’re too prominent, or if there’s too much of them I don’t buy it at all. I don’t need someone telling me it’s good, I can find that out for myself. The reviews/quotes are a matter of interest. Besides, you know they’ll be singing the book’s praises as what publisher is going to print “this book was terrible” on their back cover?
    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    No, I wouldn’t say I buy it because but I might be more likely to notice it if it’s been recommended, but I don’t just buy things because someone said it was good. Now if they gave me the book I’d probably read it like it or not though…

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Nope, sorry! 🙁

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Not sure, try not to count. I’d say 20-30. Last year I bought about 15 books in a month actually, but that’s rare! If I had more money I’d probably buy more.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Not many. Certainly not any more as I have a huge fine. Last year I probably checked about 3 out. But my local library is a) rubbish and b)I dislike hard backs which the majority of them are.

  24. Melissa said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Almost always!

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Yes.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Definitely.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Occasionally. Only if the book sounds interesting, and I know the person has similar tastes to my own.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    *cough* No.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Fiction: ~15
    Non-fiction: ~30

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    0

  25. Mina said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy, specifically mass market ’cause they fit in my purse

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Oh, yes, far too many to count

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes, in fact I base my selections on the back cover, the front page excerpt and maybe a random page selection.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? A couple times a year

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Yes, several, but I can’t remember which ones.

    How many books do you buy in a year? Oh, geez, umm somewhere between 50 and 100.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? 5 – 10.

  26. Catherine Haines said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    If I had an e-reader I probably would use it so much more than actual books, although nothing beats out of the feel of an actual book.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No. “Don’t judge a book my its cover” etc. A cover gets my attention – it doesn’t keep it.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes, I have.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    No. My sister and mother don’t read, and my dad and I have very different tastes.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    I haven’t seen any of the books mentioned here in my local store. Not surprised though – I live in New Zealand.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    Does that include textbooks? If not, only a handful. University is expensive.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    About two dozen. It depends on how hectic university and life are.

  27. Beosig said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy. Nothing beats the feel of the weight of the book and the smell of ink and paper.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Almost always. My wife is amazed when I walk out of the bookstore with just a single book.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Yes. Sometimes this results in a great delight, and other times the experience is a horrific one.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    I buy based on back cover copy more frequently than off of cover art, and have had fewer disappointments.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Because of work- and school-loads, I tend to be behind the publishing curve on new releases. Most of my purchases are based on suggestions from others that have time to keep up with the latest and greatest releases.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Not that I recall.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    I buy around 20 purely fictional novels a year. I also tend to buy another 20-30 technical books each year, and some of those contain some “fiction” as well. 🙂

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    When I was younger, it would be hundreds each year. As I’ve grown older, and the Internet has become more ubiquitous, I haven’t stepped foot in a library in about 2 years. I am properly embarrassed by this fact.

  28. Lehcarjt said:

    1) Hard Copy

    2) Almost always buy a second title, if not a third-fourth-fifth

    3) Yes.

    4) 1/10th of the time I buy books based on friend/family/blogger recommendation

    5) YES!!! Both Ally Carter YA books (My 7 year old is now dying to read them), Private Arrangements, and Siren. I have every intention of reading all of Cheryl Sawyer’s other books too.

    6)30

    7)120

  29. Topaz said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy. I spend enough time looking at a screen as it is.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    In the past I did so frequently, but not all the time. But, now that I live in the middle of nowhere when I can get to a big bookstore I tend to go a little… nuts 😀

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No, but it does get my attention.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Absolutely. Most authors I pick up that I haven’t heard of are bought due to back cover copy. How will I know what it’s about otherwise?

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Pretty often.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    I love your author Linnea Sinclair, so it’s nice knowing when she’s got new ones out via this blog. But I would buy her books even if you weren’t mentioning them.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    Probably between 30-50, depending on the year.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    None.

  30. storyengineer said:

    1 – hard
    2 – yes. most of the time.
    3 – no, though the cover may entice me to look at the back copy.
    4 – yes, definitely.
    5 – maybe 50% of the time
    6 – no
    7 – I would guess about 12.
    8 – I would guess about 24.

  31. Allison said:

    1. I prefer hard copy.

    2. I have bought a second title when going into a store. Usually a discounted or on sale book.

    3. I don’t think I’ve ever bought from just the cover.

    4. I have bought books from just the back cover copy.

    5. The usual reason I buy a book is becuase of friend or family recommendation.

    6. No sorry, I haven’t bought a book because you mentioned it.

    7. I buy 4-5 books a year because right now I’m a student. That’s not including textbooks. If I could, I would buy way more books.

    8. The library is my main source for reading material. I would say I check out 50+ novels a year and countless picture books and board books for my 2 year old.

  32. Lehcarjt said:

    Opps… I skipped a question.

    I would not buy a book just because of a nice cover. A good cover will, however, cause me to pick up the book, read the back cover and maybe the first few pages.

  33. Sarabeth said:

    1. Hard copy for some things, but for category romance, electronic.

    2. If I go into a store, I usually come out with more than I had planned. Same goes for buying online, though. It’s those recommendations!

    3. I’ve never bought a book based on cover alone.

    4. I have bought a book based on the back cover copy, many, in fact.

    5. My family (and my friends for that matter) passes around books they like, so the answer is no, but yes.

    6. Not on your blog, but I have based on others.

    7. That varies, but let’s say 20, not counting children’s books. So far this year, I’ve bought 15 e-books and 7 paper/trade books.

    8. Our library around here isn’t very good, so none now. Used to be 80 or more a year where we lived previously.

  34. Kristin Laughtin said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy all the way. This might change as e-readers become more prolific, but I’m already on my computer enough, and like to sit elsewhere to read.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    This is usually the case.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No, although the cover alone can make me pick it up. If I then like the back copy or a random point I flip to, I’ll buy it.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy?
    Many times, including yesterday, in fact!

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Quite a few, although usually I just borrow it first. If I really like it, I then buy it, which happens pretty often.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s).
    Oh boy. I have bought books mentioned on blogs, although without scrolling back, I get fuzzy on *which* blog recommended it.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    I stopped counting last time I sold the old ones I didn’t read to make room for the new ones.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    I work in a library. I usually just grab stuff off the shelves.

  35. Katrina said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    – Hard!

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    – Yes.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    – Yes.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    – Yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    – Occasionally.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s).
    – Maybe? I don’t keep track.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    – Ahahaha. A lot. A few hundred.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    – Zero.

  36. Tia Nevitt said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? HARD COPY. However, to be fair, I have not really had any way to easily read electronic copies so far.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? ALMOST ALWAYS. Where’s the fun in only buying one book?

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? NO.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). YES.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? OFTEN.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND.

    How many books do you buy in a year? UNSURE. I get more review copies than I can read, but I still purchase some books.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? NONE.

  37. lurker coming out of hiding said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Not often. I’ve been a pretty poor student and then full-time volunteer for quite a while, so books are special purchases. Except if they’re from used bookstores.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Don’t think so, unless it’s an author I know and like.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Not often. It depends on the family member or friend.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Not yet!

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    2 or 3 from “normal” bookstores, usually because I have a gift card. Too many to count from used bookstores.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    At least 40.

  38. jeanoram said:

    What a fun idea.

    I prefer hard copy

    Yes, I have bought a second title.

    Hell, I’ve bought piles of books based on the cover! (I know it’s wrong…)

    Back cover copy IS very important and always weighs in. (Even more than the cover.) Actually, very crucial.

    Rarely. Family or friend often gives it to me to read if they like it.

    I haven’t yet bought a book mentioned in this blog–that I am aware of.

    How many a year? Based on the past year, about 30-40. (Not all new and this only includes for myself. If I include others add about another 15 or so.)

    From the library–for myself about 20. For my daughter about 400. (These a picture books for preschoolers.)

    A lot of the books I buy are used or discounted. 🙂

  39. Ed Greaves said:

    1.Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    It’s not absolute. Some authors I just want to have hardcopy. Others, I’m perfectly happy to read on my Kindle. (Go Kindle!)

    2.When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Yes. Often. Too often for the happiness of my wallet. (Though I’m sure the authors and publishers love it.)

    3.Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Yes. Not often.

    4.Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes. Though it’s more likely to be a way to weed things out than a reason to buy.

    5.How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Several times. I also know that some of my recommendations have lead to sales.

    6.Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    I don’t recall. I’d have to go back and check.

    7.How many books do you buy in a year?

    I choose not to answer that, on the grounds that if it gets back to my wife, I might get in a lot of trouble. More than I can actually read in a year, how about that.

    8.How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Currently Zero. My library is not terribly good, and its not convenient to get to, and for some odd reason, it’s not in the county system, but in some other system, which means I can’t even go to other nearby libraries. Which makes me sad.

  40. Jenna said:

    Prefer hard copy.

    I have bought a second title when I went to the bookstore intending to buy just one book.

    I have never bought a book based on the cover alone–covers are what first draw me towards a book at a bookstore but I never would I rely on just the cover to make my decision.

    I used to buy books based on the back cover copy all the time. A few too many disappointments and one really tight budget later I read at least a chapter or two before I slap down money for a book.

    I have only rarely purchased a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation…too many disappointments…though I will check it out from the library or read a few chapters and then consider.

    I have bought a book mentioned on this blog…Graffiti Girl…and I loved it!

    A way too tight budget right now means I only purchase a few books a year.

    But I check out 20 to 30 a year from the library.

  41. Celeste said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    -Hard copy. I’ve been known to read a book or two on the computer, but very rarely.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    -A second, a third…

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    -No. It definitely gets me to look more closely, though.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    -Yes, of course. It’s one of the main factors in my decision– I usually don’t have time to read more than a page or two of the book itself.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    -Occasionally. My family doesn’t have the same taste in books as I do, so I’m more likely to listen to friends, or people online.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    -I’ve only been following for a little while, so no, not yet. But I’ve definitely looked at some in the bookstore. (Um, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, I think.)

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Uh… way too many? Just guessing here, but maybe forty-ish. This includes used bookstore purchases, though.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    -Lots and lots. Fifty? A hundred? I don’t usually buy books once I’ve checked them out, unless they’re extraordinary, though.

  42. Little Lit does one good said:

    1. definitely hard copy-can’t get to the computer for all the kids’ myspace pop up chats
    2. every time I hit B&N, I have to buy at least one or two more titles…
    3. cover alone sells me-along with a good title and back cover-it can take the whole package
    4. back cover copy-if clear and easy on my eyes to read and there isn’t too much “clutter” of quotes…
    5. I live by word of mouth…I work with 50-60 women and we talk about books like crazy…and having a writer’s heart, I listen for a story’s heart
    6. Yes. Loved getting the I’d tell you I love you…
    and although I’m not a huge fan of fantasy, I try to at least read the back copy of some of the titles you mention
    7. B&N is my friend. Or I’m theirs. Last year for father’s day, I bought my honey 11 books. So I would have to guess that I buy 75-150 per year, depending on the year
    8. Library. Well, the real question should be how many do I remember to take back? I think my fines every few months are always up to $25-35–I might as well just buy the darn things. I must check out about 20 from the library each year!

    I’m curious as to the genres everyone is buying so much of

  43. Lisa said:

    -Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy. I don’t own a Kindle or other portable ebook reading device, but I’ve read manuscripts on the computer and it’s really annoying.

    -When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Yes.

    -Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    No. I have, however, checked out a book from the library based on the cover. The risk of a dud is too high if I’m spending hard-earned cash on it, but at the library it only costs time.

    -Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Occasionally.

    -How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Often. My book purchases are 1) books that I’ve already read free from the library or a friend, that I want to keep permanently for reference or rereading; 2) a book not available free that has been recommended or reviewed by a trusted source (the two often overlap).

    -Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Nope, but the books that you mention here that I’m interested in, I’ve always either read already or heard about already from another source.

    -How many books do you buy in a year?

    Only 5-10. I’m cheap.

    -How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    …A lot. Let’s say ~75? Closer to ~100 if you count the books that I don’t finish reading.

  44. Natalie Hatch said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    hardcopy, you can put it down, then come back to it without fuss. Kindle has not been released in Australia, soo we really only have pda or laptops to read books on.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? rarely

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No, I rely on word of mouth or first sentence to decide if I want to keep reading.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). only a couple having been caught out before by a book that promised one thing and gave another

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    often

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) not yet

    How many books do you buy in a year? 15

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? over 60+

  45. Ian said:

    Do I prefer hard copy or electronic?
    I like either hard copy or electronic. Some publishers (like Baen) make a large library available electronically for free.

    Do I buy a second book when I go into a store?
    I rarely buy a single book at a time.

    Have I bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No, I also read the back cover blurb and the first page or two.

    Have I bought a book based on the back cover copy?
    If the cover intrigued me enough to flip over the book and the back cover copy is good, yes.

    How often have I bought a book based on friend/family recommendations?
    Only occasionally – my family and friends read very different genres from what I do.

    Have I ever bought a book because you mentioned it?
    Of course I have! *brown nose!*

    How many books do I buy in a year?
    Oh, anywhere from 6 on up – I don’t get as much time to read as I’d like to and don’t like to have a huge stack waiting to be read (like I do now).

    How many books do I check out from the library in a year?
    None. I haven’t been inside a library since college.

    Ian

  46. Ryan Field said:

    Electronic preferred, but still buy more hard copy right now

    Yes

    Yes

    Many times

    More times than I can count

    Yes, but indirectly. One book by Hank Phillippi Ryan

    At least two per month

  47. kymbrunner said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? HARD because I like to read in the hot tub…

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? ALMOST ALWAYS

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? NO, BUT IT’D MAKE ME PICK IT UP

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). YES, ALL THE TIME

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? YES, BUT MORE BECAUSE OF BOOK BUZZ

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)MAYBE – THE SUBCONSCIOUS IS A FICKLE THING

    How many books do you buy in a year? MY HUSBAND WOULD SAY TOO MANY BUT PROBABLY 50-ISH.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? I USED TO CHECK OUT 50 FROM THE LIBRARY, BUT I MOSTLY BUY THEM SINCE BECOMING A WRITER MYSELF (AND SINCE READING IN THE HOT TUB TENDS TO TRASH THEM…TEE-HEE)

  48. Kelly Swails said:

    1. hard copy
    2. Of course. Do people really leave with just one book?!?
    3. I have bought a book based on the cover, most recently a Lillith Saintcrow title.
    4. If it sounds interesting, sure.
    5. Yes.
    6. no.
    7. Oh, jeez. Dozens?
    8. Less than ten.

  49. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? –I ALWAYS READ HARD COPY (though I prefer Trade Paperback to hardcovers – and not because of price, but because of weight)

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? – YES and I almost never go in knowing exactly what I am going to buy. If I know exactly I use Amazon.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? –NO

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). ABSOLUTELY – let’s say I am looking for a work of historical fiction. I will probably pick up a half-a-dozen and read the backs then make a selection

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? –SELDOM, book reviews in the Washington Post or New York Times, sure. But there are only a couple of relatives or friends whose taste I trust.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) – SORRY NO

    How many books do you buy in a year? GOD, I have no idea, dozens and dozens.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? VIRTUALLY NO FICTION, I buy fiction. I check out interlibrary loans for research.

  50. The Hag said:

    1. Hardcopy. Always.

    2. Yes, lots.

    3. No, but the cover might make me pick it up and (see question 4)

    4. Yes. Also the first page.

    5. Very rarely. They have terrible taste.

    6. Sorry, no. Or at least not yet.

    7. Over 200.

    8. 5-10. Our library sucks, so see question 7.

  51. Anonymous said:

    (1) Hard copy

    (2) yes

    (3) no

    (4) no

    (5) depends on who’s recommending. I always go after books my sister, agent, or editor recommend.

    (6) sorry, no.

    (7) 25 to 50

    (8) over 500, easy. My librarians know me! I use the library for research purposes, to check out writers I like but don’t love, and to get books for my three kids.

  52. fenrah said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    I prefer audio MP3 (audible.com or similar).

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Often. Dido for going online to buy a book. In fact, I do it more often online so as to get free shipping.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Alone, no. As a factor, yes.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    All the time.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Often.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    No, I just started reading this blog!

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    I don’t know. 50-100, depending on the year?

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    zero

  53. k said:

    1) hard copy

    2) oh, yes.

    3)yes.

    4) yes.

    5) yes.

    6)yes. “I’d Tell you I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You.”

    7) Sooooo many. (dozens.)

    8) Sooooo many more. (100’s.)

  54. jellybean said:

    Q. Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    A. Hard copy. I love the way pages feel.

    Q. When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    A. Yes.

    Q. Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    A. Never.

    Q. Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    A. Yes. But I’ve been tricked by cover copy before, so i don’t do it often.

    Q. How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    A. More often, I buy books from blog recommendations, or from readers I know have similar taste to mine.

    Q. Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    A. Shanna Swendson and the Gallagher Girl books spring to mind. All winners!

    Q. How many books do you buy in a year?

    A. Alas. Perhaps 15.

    Q. How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    A. Around 100.

  55. Sarah Garrigues said:

    1) hard copy
    2) yes, i have bought a second copy
    3) yes, i have bought a book based on the cover
    4) yes, i have bought a book based on the back cover copy (LOOK counts for so much, im reluctant to say)
    5) if the friend has similar tastes as myself, i do place high importance on recommendations
    6) not yet, as i am relatively new to the blog
    7) varies depending on the year
    8) varies as well, i will go through several library books in a row, then get stuck on one and keep it a month or two over the due date!

  56. kap said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    HARD

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    YES, USUALLY.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    NO. NEVER. I MAY PICK UP A BOOK BASED ON COVER AND TITLE, BUT I BUY UNKNOWN BOOKS BASED ON THE BACK COVER COPY AND FIRST PAGES.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    FOR UNKNOWN/UNRECOMMENDED BOOKS, I ALWAYS READ BACK COVER COPY FIRST, WHICH CAN LEAD ME TO FIRST PAGES, WHICH CAN LEAD ME TO PURCHASE.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    25% OF YEARLY PURCHASES.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    NOT YET.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    25 – 40

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    0 – 5

  57. CC said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    – usually hard copy, but lately I’ve been reading more books on my Sony Reader. It’s just so convenient!

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    -Almost always. I have a hard time leaving a bookstore with just one book.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    – Yes. Usually after seeing a book in a print ad in RT, then I order it online.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    – That’s usually what really determines if I’ll buy an “unknown” book.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    – A couple times, not many.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    – Don’t think so.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    – Too many to count. Over 50 I’d say.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    – Maybe a couple dozen. I usually take my son to the library every other week and find it hard to leave without a book for myself. 🙂

  58. Lisa Iriarte said:

    Hello Agent Kristin,

    I’ve been thoroughly enjoying your blog for some time now. Here are my responses to your survey.

    1. I prefer hard copy to electronic books. There’s just something about holding a book in my hands and turning pages.

    2. Yes, I frequently buy more than one book when I go to a bookstore for something specific.

    3. Yes, the cover plays a BIG part in my decision to read an author who is new to me, especially if there are kick-ass looking heroines on the covers. (That’s how I discovered Linnea Sinclair.)

    4. I don’t think I’ve bought a book based on back cover copy. For an author who is new to me, I’ll read the back cover after the front cover has caught my eye, and the back cover might convince me NOT to buy the book. But if it’s an author I already like, I’ll likely buy the book regardless of what the back cover copy says.

    5. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book based on someone’s recommendation. I’ve borrowed books that way, but not bought one. I’m annoyingly independent (according to friends and family) and if I don’t find something for myself, I’m unlikely to pay money for it.

    6. Sorry, I have not bought any books based solely on this blog. (See answer to question number 5).

    7. I buy about 60 books a year.

    8. I do not check out library books. I like to own them and display the ones I really like in my home. (And I prefer hard cover books to paperbacks.)

    Thanks for asking,

    Lisa Iriarte

  59. Dorothy said:

    1-***hard copy

    2-have you then bought a second title?
    * Seldom

    3-bought based on the cover alone?
    *Never

    4-based on the back cover copy?
    * Always sways my decision unless I’ve been previously convinced to buy it.

    5-How often bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    *If I like the back cover and first page, I might buy it.

    6-ever bought a book because mentioned on this blog? If so, which book(s).
    * IF I TOLD YOU I LOVE YOU

    7-How many books I buy in a year?
    * About six

    8-Take out from the library in a year?
    * About 52-70

  60. Beth said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? –Hard!

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? –Oh yes.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? –Rarely, but it has happened.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? –Sometimes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? –Occasionally. I often end up disappointed, though.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). –Sherry Thomas’s Private Arrangements

    How many books do you buy in a year? –more than I can read in a year

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? –none

  61. Julia said:

    I prefer hard copy, and I prefer paperback to hardcover (trade and mass market are both good for me).

    I usually end up buying other books when i go in to buy a specific title.

    I have bought a book based on the cover alone, but that has onlyhappened once or twice.

    I definitely have bought many books based on the back cover copy. This is important to me.

    In the past I’ve often bought books based on recommendations, though these days it seems like I’m the one family and friends turn to for the recs instead.

    I haven’t bought any books because you mentioned them, but I haven’t been reading this blog for more than a few weeks, so that could easily change. I have bought books because other blogs mentioned them.

    I buy dozens of books each year. I also check out dozens of books at the library each year.

    Will you compile response statistics, or talk about the response trends in a new post? I think that would be interesting.

  62. Julie Weathers said:

    1. Hard copy.

    2. Yes, often, even when I go in with x amount of cash to curb my addiction. I just wind up going back to the car to get the debit card, but at least I get some exercise.

    3. No. Though I will pass on a book based on its cover, I won’t buy one because of it.

    4. Yes and no. I always read the back copy. I loves my back cover copy. However, unless it’s a bargain book and I don’t really mind taking a chance, I also read prologue, front pages, random pages in the middle and sometimes the end.

    5. I frequently buy from recommendations. My youngest son tests things to see if they are Mom safe, music, books and movies.

    6. I should be nice and lie about this, but no. However, I do have some on my wish list. This is no reflection on you, I am just in an odd reading phase right now. I do have to say I enjoy reading agent recommendations, though. I can trust them not to be horrible.

    7. 100+

    8. Not many unless they are research books. When I am in a research phase I check out 40 or 50 a month.

  63. Marisa said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    At least 70% of the time when I buy one I buy multiple copies. Buy only one little book? It needs a friend!

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    I guess so but only if the back copy and a quick look at a page or two make it appear like a good choice. Now, I have definitely NOT bought, much less touch, books due to their covers. Which is probably a bad thing as I’m sure I’ve missed good titles as a result but…still.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Most definitely!!!

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    I tend to check out from the library other people’s recommendations…then I’ll buy a copy for myself if it was great. My family/friends don’t tend to have the same tastes and I read much more than they do.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Linnea and the spying school one.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    I’ve had to way cut back after entering non-profit world but…around 50 or so.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Gads, lots. I’m more ‘profligate’ with my reading explorations at the library. At minimum…200+. Hey, I’m single, don’t have TV, naturally fast reader…around 5 to 10 books a week is normal. Just checked…37 books checked out currently and 15 in the reserves/hold waiting on new releases or titles other people have out right now. Typical numbers. Thank god, for online renewal and title tracking!

  64. Tez Miller said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes, but I read the cover copy on the Internet, then if I happen to find it instore, I’ll purchase.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Never.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? No (sorry).

    How many books do you buy in a year? All depends on budget. Maybe 20-30???

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Since I’m catching up on reading books I own, I’m going to the library a lot less. Maybe 50?

  65. CM said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Before I got a Kindle, hard copy. Now almost entirely electronic.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? And a third….

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Recommendations from other people are about 20% of my reading. They would be a larger percent, if I could get more recommendations.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Oh boy, indeed. Yes. (See the bit above about me wanting more recommendations.)

    * Ally Carter’s Spy series. All of them.
    * Sherry Thomas’s Private Arrangements
    * Both of Leslie Langtry’s Bombay series
    * Marianne Mancusi’s Moondiver
    * Shanna Swendson’s Enchanted series (all of them).
    * Everything by Linnea Sinclair except Finders Keepers, which (a) I don’t think you’ve mentioned on here and (b) I can’t find in the store. I havent checked Kindle yet, though, and . . . yup. There it is. Okay. I’ve now bought everything by Linnea.
    * Hank Philippi Ryan’s Face Time.
    * Kelly Parra’s Graffiti Girl.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    A conservative estimate is 200. (This is why I need more recommendations, see?) And yes, I read 95% of them.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    0. I’m lazy and I keep forgetting to return them, and then the late fees end up eating any of the savings…. And at this point, I really do buy books to support authors, too.

  66. Anonymous said:

    I answered EVERY question, some pretty thorough, but because I my wordpress cookie wasn’t current, I was redirected. I made the stupid moron mistake of using the back button, and blogger ate my comments. So here’s my non-answer whining, anonymously. I wonder if tech people purposely make things more difficult, I only used the stupid back button geez.

    But I’ll address a few things: I REFUSE to buy electronic readers when they’re SO EXPENSIVE, then the electronic books cost as much, or more, than hard copy. And, I’d check out more from the library, BUT my library — in a supposedly international city — hardly carries anything, and much of it is a language other than English. Plus their software is a throwback to the 90s.

  67. deannachase said:

    1. Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy, electronic hurts my eyes too much.

    2. When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Always. If I am buying, I never leave with only one.

    3. Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    No, but the cover art will get me to pick one up.

    4. Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes, all the time.

    5. How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Quite often.

    6. Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Yes, I bought Shanna Swendson’s books.

    7.How many books do you buy in a year?

    A few dozen. It all depends on my budget.

    8. How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    None. I trade with a lot of my girlfriends though.

  68. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? — HARD COPY

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? YES (I can’t think of a time when I only bought 1 book!)

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? NO

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). NO

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? YES

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) NO

    How many books do you buy in a year? 30+

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? 0

  69. WordVixen said:

    hard copy or electronic?
    Definitely hard copy. I won’t pay the price of a reader, and I won’t sit at my computer just to read a story.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Every time, unless I’m in a huge rush. Though, usually it’s more like 3 or 4 extra books.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? I think so, but I don’t remember which one.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? Yes! A Lee Martinez’ A Nameless Witch. In fact, I didn’t even finish reading the back cover copy- I just saw “demonic duck named newt” and bought it.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Not often. Usually, if they like it enough to recommend it, they lend it to me. If I like it, then I buy a copy along with other books by the same author.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? Not yet, but they’ve gone on my “to buy” list on my next shopping trip.

    How many books do you buy in a year? Probably more than 30, plus gifts.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? None. Our library keeps horrible hours. Seriously- 9-5, and they close between 12 & 1.

  70. John S said:

    1. I guess I would say I prefer hard copy. And paperback, because it really can fit in a pocket and it’s cheaper.

    2. I think I have bought a second title at the bookstore. When I read Karin Slaughter’s first book, I want to the bookstore to get the second and thought I may as well save time and buy the third, too.

    3. I don’t think I have ever bought a book based on the back cover copy, but I do always read it. It’s the quickest way to get some kind of plot synopsis.

    4. Once or twice I have bought a book based on a recommendation. I think I shy away from that because I’m not sure what I’ll say to that friend if I hate the book.

    5. I don’t think I have ever bought a book because it was mentioned on this blog.

    6. I think I buy six or eight books a year.

    7. I probably take out ten or twelve books from the library this year.

    Two points not covered in the survey…my town has a great book exchange at its recycling center and I get lots of books there. You didn’t ask if anyone has bought a book because a favorite author has blurbed it. I have, and sometimes I have been disappointed because of that.

    Thanks!

  71. micheleleesbooklove said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Oh Jeez, I’ve been wondering that myself. My favorite place to read is in the bathtub and I cannot take my laptop in there. But I like the neatness of the ebooks. Nothing to dust, no shelves that look like they’re going to collapse at any moment, no wondering if there’s a point to alphabetizing. But I can throw a paperback in my purse and take it anywhere. I can read it in the tub. I can get it signed! So the truth is, both. Though I’m saving up for an e reader and that might change once I have one.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Yes, almost always. Sometimes I actually put back the first tile to get something else. Plus we have bookstore runs, where we go to dinner and the bookstore and everyone in the family picks out a book. So technically I almost always get another book.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    No. But I have pulled it off the shelf or clicked and ad and read a sample then bought it. I’ve gotten to the point where if I’m not getting it for free (for review) then I read a sample before buying. Unless it’s a friend or an author I happen to know is an autobuy (and there are few of those).

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes. But usually it’s a genre I know I like (SF/F/UF) and consider “my” genre so that I know even if I don’t like the book I’m staying up to date with what’s selling buy reading it.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Very often. That’s how I was introduced to Rachel Vincent and Anne Bishop’s work. I picked up Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dresden Files books because of the TV shows. I bought HellBlazer and HellBoy graphic novels because of the movies. I bought works by December Quinn/Stacia Kane and Ann Aguirre/Annie Dean and Brian Keene because I liked their blog styles.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Alas, Private Arrangements is still on my wishlist because I am broke (and saving up for an e reader and a con).

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    I don’t know. Actually I’m keeping a list on my blog. At the beginning of the month I post books I’ve bought, downloaded and been given for reviews and why I bought them. Pass it on to the publishing industry because I’m trying to help out with that whole “What books are selling and why?” thing.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Fewer and fewer, mostly kids books. I get a lot of books for review these days and I’m running 2-3 months behind. I have so many books to read right now that there’s no point in getting more. Plus, I’ve been taking the attitude lately that it’s better to just buy it and at the very least support the author. Of course, if this money pinch keeps up past the end of the year I’ll be getting reintroduced to fostering books 😀

  72. Caroline said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? — Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? — yes, many times

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? — no. Sometimes the cover (more often, the title) catches my eye and draws me in, but I don’t judge solely by cover.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). — Yes. If the idea strikes me as unique and enjoyable, I’ll pick up a book based on cover copy. It’s rarer for me, though, because cover copy often makes the story sound uninteresting or trite (IMHO.)

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? — yes, recs are my primary source of new books. If someone else (even if I don’t know them) gives me a recommendation to read, and they give me reasons why it might appeal to me, I’m far more likely to read it than if I picked it from a shelf. Recs sway me more than cover copy—in fact, I just finished a book that I picked up based solely on my friend’s suggestion, I didn’t even read the cover copy!

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) — no

    How many books do you buy in a year? — depends. I’ve bought a lot more this year than in past years, which is, so far, about 30.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? — 10-20. Usually I go to the library if I’m trying a book out or I’m not sure if I’ll like it. If I like it, I usually buy it after that.

  73. Kim said:

    Hard copy or electronic? Hard copy, though my own books are e-books =)

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Almost always

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy?
    Yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Usually, I’m the one doing the recommending =)

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Not yet

    How many books do you buy in a year? Whew… not as many as I used to – maybe 2 a month. Maybe

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? I usually only take books from the library for research purposes.

  74. Stephie Smith said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? HARD COPY – I don’t buy electronic. (Ever)

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? ALMOST ALWAYS.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? NO.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). YES.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? NEVER.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) I DON’T THINK SO. I’ve bought books you’ve mentioned but I think I already had them by then.

    How many books do you buy in a year? Around 70.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Around 20, usually reference type.

    One question you didn’t ask: What is the main thing that makes me buy a book? The first few pages of the book. I always read those.

  75. Anonymous said:

    1- Hard copy all the way. Nothing will ever replace the delicious experience of turning a page in bed at night.
    2- Yes.
    3- No.
    4- Yes.
    5- Very often
    6- No, but I’ve looked them up. The most recent was Sherry Thomas’ Private Arrangements. Unfortunately, it promised to be too steamy/erotic. Then, to be sure, I looked up reviews on Amazon; I was right. I did not purchase the book or even checked it out at the library.
    I am planning on getting Body Ink, though, and another title you mentioned–Ah–I’d tell you that I love you series. Getting those.
    7- Too many. Anywhere over 50? Probably more. Feels like it.
    8- Equal amount or so.

    9- You’re not asking, but… I’m a stay-at-home mom who loves to read. I read everywhere throughout the day–it’s my escape hatch. I devoured The Host in two days–without neglecting my kids or other duties.

  76. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy for book I intend to keep. I like to read an e-book first to decide whether to make shelf space for the physical copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes. Usually 2+. And other stuff – Coffee and chocolates, book marks, book bags, funny ‘I read too much’ t-shirts. I don’t take credit cards into book stores any more.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No – If I pick up an otherwise unknown book because the art looks interesting I always read 5 or 6 random paragraphs before deciding to buy. Wait, no! I bought one book based on the cover – it was a book about book cover art.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Nope, sorry. I don’t even read blurbs.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    About half the books I buy are bought on recommendations from close friends. Almost all the books I buy have at least been recommended by an acquaintance.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Novels, no, as we have very different tastes. Non-fiction, yes, but I don’t recall which.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    My 3 year rolling average is around 45 a year, half fiction, half non-fiction.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    Around 100 a year, but I read less than half of them. I also read a lot of books in internet book repositories such as Project Gutenberg and Bartleby. On several occasions I’ve read a book on line then gone and bought a printed copy.

  77. Carradee said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard, but I’ll read electronic.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes. Happened just last month when I entered the store seeking Body Trauma. I ended up adding Police Procedure and Investigation and Book of Poisons to my cart as impulse buys. I half regret the police procedure one, but I’m loving the poisons! (…Should I be worried that my mom wants to read that one, too?)

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No. But I’ll examine a book if intrigued by its cover, and I’ll shun books due to their covers, as well. Patricia Briggs’ Mercedes Thompson series comes to mind for that latter catergory; if one of the excerpts I’d read online after some good word-of-mouth press hadn’t made it obvious that the main character wasn’t eager to, uh, jump into bed with anyone, I never would’ve read the books. Now, they’re among my favorites.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes, when I have gift cards.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Never. Most of my friends and family members like stuff different than I do, and the only person who I know likes stuff that will interest me also has a knack for finding books with fascinating premises and plot executions that I end up pole-vaulting through or poking with a very long stick.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Not yet, but I’ve desired to. I did track down some to read ’em, though: Shanna Swendson’s Enchanted, Inc. series and Ally Carter’s (she did write this, right?) I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You. Some others I’ve wanted to read, but my library’s fantasy/sci-fi section stinks.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    Er… 4… Maybe, if you don’t count textbooks when I’m in school. And, thanks to a mother who hates fantasy and who I don’t want to antagonize as long as I live under her roof, I try to make ’em non-fiction titles.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    Not nearly as many as I’d like. Probably only about 30 or 40. My local library system tends to not carry the books I want to read. I probably borrow half again as many books from friends, too.

  78. Stephen said:

    Sorry, this may be a duplicate: I think it ate my post but I can’t tell.

    I prefer electronic – now I have a good reader. It used to be about even when I used a PDA, and hard copy when compared to a laptop.

    I usually come out of a bookstore with a bag of books (except I mostly shop from websites now).

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes. Some books I buy off the authors name – don’t even see the cover.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? Sure – not always, but sometimes it just grabs you.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? – Usually this works the other way, people will ask me for recommendations, as they know I read a lot. But sometimes, sure.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). Yes, but I forget which. Some I’ve gone and looked for, a few I’ve remembered what you said when I came across them later.

    How many books do you buy in a year? A quick check of my online purchases shows I bought 397 ebooks in the last 12 months. About 30-40 of those were novellas or short stories, but most were novels. I also bought 15-20 paper books in that time (ones I just can’t get as ebooks).

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? 25 or so. Usually authors I’ve had recommended and want to just take a quick look at to see if I like them or not.

  79. Ben said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Almost 100% of the time, yes. I usually go to the store to buy a particular book, then I browse around.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes, but it is usually an author whose books I have read before or who has come recommended by friends.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Quite often. That’s how I get most of my recommendations, aside from randomly browsing the stacks at the library and the bookstores.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Not yet, but I’m going to buy Lisa Shearin’s series later this week.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    Maybe 50.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    Probably anywhere from 100-150.

  80. Katherine E. Hazen said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy. I love filling my bookshelves. I love having a physical copy to hold in my hands and electronic copy is a lot harder on my eyes.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes. I have an addiction.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    Yes. Twilight and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. I can’t think of any others off the top of my head.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Probably averages 3-5 times a year.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Because of a blog mention, no. But I originally purchased Ally Carter’s I’d Tell You I Love You… last February because I knew she was your client.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    100-200. I believe I’ve purchased about 50 so far this year.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    None. It’s part of that horrible hard copy/filling bookshelves addiction.

  81. caseydancer said:

    Hard Copy

    Always a 2nd title, usually a 3rd or more

    Buy based on over alone – no, that’s silly!

    Back cover, yes

    Friend/family recommendations, of course!

    This blog, I just found so not yet…

    I buy 30 – 40 books a year

    Maybe 10 from library

  82. K Simmons said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard, though I am eying a Kindle or something similar for travel.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Oh yes.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No, but the cover typically factors into the decision.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yep.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? I don’t usually enter a bookstore with the express purpose of getting a book recommended by a friend or family member, but I will often see a recommended book and get it in the process of purchasing something else.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Not yet…

    How many books do you buy in a year? I don’t know… 10-15?

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? 30-45?

  83. resurrectedwarrior said:

    1. Hard or electronic?

    Hard

    2. Bought a second title?

    Yup.

    3. Bought based on cover alone?

    Nope.

    4. Back cover?

    Non-Fiction: Yup.
    Fiction: Nope.

    5. Family member/friend recommendation:

    Nope. But THEY’VE bought stuff based on MY recommendations!

    6. Because you mentioned it.

    Nope. Sorry.

    But I HAVE bought books mentioned on podcasts like Dragon Page.

    7. How many books bought in a year?

    Family: 30-ish
    Me: 5-ish (I steal the fam’s.)

    8. How many library?

    20-ish

  84. beckyh2112 said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy. I can bring it to work, to dinner out, to read in the car when I’m not the one driving, to bed.

    Back when I had a working Palm Pilot, I was a lot more inclined to read books in electronic format. But after a while, I figured out that method hurt my eyes and gave me headaches.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Usually. I’ll swing by the sections I’m interested in and browse the new stuff.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Not in years and years. Learned better.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    All the time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. These days, I supplement it by scanning the opening pages to see if they grab me.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Reasonably often. Most of the time these days, my “I’d like to pick this up” list comes from either friends’ recs, Amazon’s recs, or the recs of certain review sites I read.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Not that I can think of.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    … A lot?

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Fewer. Library books have a deadline on them, which makes me less likely to finish them before they’re due back. (Oh God, what happened to the days when I could plow through a book in a day, two at most? Oh yes, I got a job.)

  85. Anonymous said:

    1. Hard copy
    2. Yes, bought second title
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Yes
    6. Often
    7. No, but got them out of the library (sorry!)
    8. 25-30
    9. About 100

  86. Marie said:

    1. Hard copy vs electronic? Hard – I stare at a computer too much every day, don’t need to read for pleasure on an electronic device too and it’s hard on my eyes.

    2. When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? I have on occasion, not so much now. Since I now buy mostly online, I just try to wait until I hit the minimum amount to get free shipping.

    3. Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No, no and no. I don’t judge a book by its cover… but it can turn me off.

    4. ave you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes… and have been disappointed at times.

    5. How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? I’ve discovered a few new authors this way that I now buy more from. Depends on who recommends.

    6. Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Not yet… came close but I saw other books I wanted to get.

    7. How many books do you buy in a year? Too many to count exactly. Over 15, probably between 15 and 30, depending on the year.

    8. How many books do you check out from the library in a year? For me, a library is for research and my local library has more French books than English. I haven’t yet run out of books that I would try a new author through the library.

  87. Emily said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy!

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes… haven’t we all?

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    Yes

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    A lot of the time.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    No

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    … Sorry, unable to count all of them. 😉

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    Is that even countable> >.

  88. annathepiper said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy. I don’t dislike ebooks, and I have nearly fifty, but I default to a physical book when I have an option.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Yes. Frequently.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Yes.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes. Generally when I do an impulse buy, it’ll be because the back cover makes it sound interesting.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Occasionally.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Yes, actually! The first Linnea Sinclair novel I read, which was Finders Keepers.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Oh geez, so many I don’t keep count. I buy at least four or five books a month.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    None–because I buy all my books.

  89. Heidi the Hick said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    HARD COPY

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    YES

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? YES

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    YES

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    MORE THAN TWICE

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    NOT YET. I’M SURE I WILL THOUGH!

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    POSSIBLY TWENTY, MAYBE MORE

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    SAME AS ABOVE. (I read at least 50 books in a year)

  90. superwench83 said:

    70 comments?!?! Wow! This is a hot topic.

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No, but I have overlooked certain books because the cover didn’t make the book look very appealing

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Not terribly often, but that’s because I read a lot more than my non-writer friends and family, so I’m usually the one doing the recommending

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) I bought Lisa Shearin’s books after hearing about it on this blog and a few others. It usually takes me hearing about a book over and over before I decide to buy on a recommendation. (I loved them both, by the way!)

    How many books do you buy in a year? Um…a lot? About 20, I guess, though some of them are used

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Again, a lot. At least 20, but most of those are nonfiction for my novel research

  91. Anonymous said:

    1) Hard or Electronic? Hard. No comparison.
    2) More than one title? Yes. Bag of books every time.
    3) Cover alone? No. I got to know it’s smart.
    4) Cover Copy? Yes. That tells me if it’s smart.
    5) Recommendations? Yes. And if I like it, I spread it around to a TON of people.
    6) Kristin’s Recommended books? Yes. The Interpretation of Murder; The Loveliest Dead–the latest two: Ysabel & The Host–and I can’t wait for Demon’s Lexicon!
    7) I’m a addict: 75-100. Some are non-fic, though, but most are fantasy. Love multi-cultural. Exotic.
    8) ’bout 50.

  92. Sarah said:

    1. I imagine if I could afford a reader I’d be all over it! I think I’d love the ease of it…but I’d like some good options on it…so for now, as I can’t afford a kindle, I’m all about the hard copy.

    2. I very rarely go in looking for a specific title…I’m a wander.

    3. I haven’t bought based on cover alone it always needed…

    4. Yes. Most often this is what sways me to buy the book. If it sounds interesting, I buy. I’ve had one or two flops, but mostly successes.

    5. I’ve bought books based on rec’s on occassion. But in truth, I usually borrow.

    6. I’ve looked for books mentioned on this blog but not found them at my local B&N (but my local B&N stinks)

    7. Um…depends on the year. Some years upwards of 25 (or more), but always at least 3-5.

    8. None. I should, but I find it more difficult to browse the library than the bookstore. (odd, yes).

  93. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    HARD
    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    YES
    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    NEVER. THAT’S DUMB.
    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    YES.
    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    LOTS TO MOST OF THE TIME.
    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    YES. ONLY THE GOOD ONES ;o) YOU’RE A GREAT SOURCE.
    How many books do you buy in a year?
    HALF OF WHAT I READ. I READ 10 TITLES A MONTH EVERY MONTH. THAT’S LIKE 120, SO 60 BOOKS/YEAR. NOT TOO SHABBY–I GUESS.
    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    THE OTHER HALF OF WHAT I READ.
    (YES, YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION TO CALL ME A MANIAC)

    ON ANOTHER NOTE, THANKS FOR THE WEBSITE AND THE BARRAGE OF INFO YOU SHARE. PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY SHOULD CANONIZE YOU.
    (St. Kristin of Denver… St. Kristin of Nelson, Denver’s patron saint…hmmm…)

  94. Kathleen Dante said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy. I have bought ebooks that have been sitting unread in my drive for years. I keep forgetting which ones they are (out of sight, out of mind, don’t remember the titles), so I’m more leery about mass purchase of ebooks these days. I have read entire (Baen) ebooks at my laptop; but if I enjoyed them that much, I usually buy a hard copy for re-reading.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Sometimes.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    No, but if it catches my eye, I give a few pages a chance to hook me.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    A few times.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Maybe Games of Command, but I knew about it before you mentioned it here. Generally, it takes several recommendations from different sources before I consider a book for purchase. And even then, I’d probably look for an excerpt before deciding one way or another.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Around 50 to 60.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Maybe five.

  95. Jinx said:

    1-I prefer a hard copy.

    2-Absolutely!

    3-Never bought a book based on cover alone. If it looks cheesy, I won’t even pick it up.

    4-Once in a while I have bought a book based on back cover copy, but I usually scan the first chapter as well.

    5-I have bought several books based on recommendations, especially if it’s a teacher recommending it.

    6-I have not bought a book mentioned on this blog, either because I already have it or it didn’t interest me.

    7-Too many to count. Seriously. I used to work for a school district and was able to purchase from book warehouses limited to school personnel. Great discounts!

    8-I just recently got a library card after I don’t know how many years. I’ve only checked out three books, and they are research for my thesis. =)

  96. Audrey said:

    1. Love my Kindle! It makes it much easier to read while knitting.

    2.Almost always buy a second or third book, plus magazines.

    3. Based on cover alone, yes, at least once. I like good graphics.

    4. Yes, often.

    5. Yes, recommendations from friends, blogs.

    6. Yes! I bought Face Time, and I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You because you mentioned them.

    7. I buy several books a month, lately all electronic. (Love my Kindle!)

    8. I used to check out a couple of hundred books a year from the library, but then there was a mean librarian… Now I buy more books, but my husband gets two or three audio books a week from the library.

  97. Sarahlynn said:

    1) Hard copy!

    2) I usually buy a second title.

    3) Yes, probably. Usually I pick up a book because of the cover or title, but buy because of the bcc.

    4) Yes! This is the most important selling feature for me, when I’m browsing in the store.

    5) Usually. Word of mouth is exactly as powerful as we’ve always suspected.

    6) Sorry. But other books, other blogs!

    7) A couple dozen, plus at least that many children’s books. I’m probably WAAAAY under estimating both counts.

    8) At least a dozen for myself, lots more for my daughters.

  98. melospiza said:

    Hard copy only please.

    I tend to buy books until my arms are full.

    I don’t purchase by cover or back cover copy alone, but they are both influences, as are blurbs. When I’m looking at a new author, these all give a flavor of what to expect.

    Recommendations are my primary source of new authors and books, from both friends and booksellers.

    I probably buy at least 50 books a year, new and used, and check out 50 more from the library.

  99. ~J said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy, no contest.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    The vast majority of the time, yep.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Nope.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes!

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    50% of the time

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    10-15 easy, prolly more.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    30ish

  100. Bryce said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? HARD COPY

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes, lots of times. I would say, almost every time I go to a bookstore.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes. But not that often.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes, this is more common than based on the cover.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Seldom, but mostly because I am more often giving book recs than receiving them.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Sorry to say, not. But mostly because I haven’t been reading for that long. I will certainly be buying Sarah’s books when they come out! 😀

    How many books do you buy in a year? Lots! Probably about 150-200.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Less than 20, and entirely for University.

  101. Loelia said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Almost always.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Yes, several times.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes, several times.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Depends on the friend – but yes, I have. Often.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Yes – the ‘Gallagher Girls’ books.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    About a hundred.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Almost as many as I buy – but I don’t end up reading all of them!

  102. Anonymous said:

    • I prefer hard copies. I usually translate and/or write 8+ hours a day, that’s more than enough of watching a screen.

    • I rarely buy a second book when looking for a specific one.

    • Yes, I have bought some books because of their covers. I used to work as a cover designer for a publishing house though, so I don’t think I count in this. 🙂

    • I distrust back cover copies. I don’t recall ever buying a book just because of them.

    • I often buy books recommended by people whose opinion I trust. We even have a website where we recommend stuff to people we know (and to random visitors, of course.)

    • I haven’t yet bought a book that you recommended, but that’s probably because I’m a very fresh visitor here, just taking a look around.

    • It doesn’t count how many books I buy a year because I get a number of copies from colleagues and friends working in the industry.

    • I borrow from friends, not from libraries.

    all the best,

    g.

  103. Ellen said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy, definitely. Although I would like to buy an e-book reader for travelling.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Regularly.Almost always, in fact!

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No. I have bought books based on the title alone, though.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? Yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Probably a couple of times a year, but I stick to the recommendations of a few specific people.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). Off The Record by Jennifer O’Connell, but there’s lots of others I want!

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    50-ish, I’d guess. I tend to buy them in pairs and I usually buy books every two weeks, so it probably averages to one per week.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    70 or so. There would be some crossover between what I check out from the library and what I buy – if I like a book, I want to own it.

  104. Anonymous said:

    1- Always hard copy- love the feel of a book in my hands

    2-Always buy more in a book store than what I intended

    3- Yes

    4-Yes

    5-Almost never

    6-No

    7-20-30

    8- @100(I read an average of 2-3 books a week- it is my vice)

    But I must admit that when buying or checking out a book, I always read the first paragraph and if I’m not hooked, I pass on it.

  105. Paprika said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard thus far, but I might change my mind if I ever manage to afford a Kindle.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes, but not nearly as often as I’ve WANTED to buy a second (or third or fourth or twelfth) one. Darn college student budget….

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    Yes, but I regretted it and vowed never to do it again. =P The cover does a lot to influence which books I look at when I’m browsing, though.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes, but only for fiction. For nonfiction I always read reviews and/or look through the book first. But for fiction, I’m afraid I’ll run into spoilers if I research too much before I read it.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Not too often. Maybe once or twice a year. Our tastes in books don’t overlap too much.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Yep. The entire Enchanted, Inc. series so far and I’d Tell You I Love You (I read Cross My Heart, but I just checked it out from the library ’cause I’m too poor to buy it right now. But it’s on my “buy this if I ever have the spare cash for it” list. ^^)

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    Again, I’m very limited by my budget, but I probably buy around 15-20. Or it might be closer to 30 if you count textbooks.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    Um…around 50, maybe? I’ve never kept track.

  106. JES said:

    1. Hardcopy/Electronic: hard to say, probably not really a binary choice… If someone gave me a Kindle or other e-reader, I can imagine eventually using it almost exclusively. For now, though, I’d have to say hardcopy. By default.

    2. Ever bought a second book when looking for one? Yes.

    3. Ever bought a book based on cover alone? No. (But I’m sure I’ve passed over many many books based on cover alone — something else to think about!)

    4. Ever bought book based on back cover copy? Sure — especially because “alone” or “only” wasn’t in this question. 🙂

    5. How often bought on friend’s/family member’s rec? Often. (Although more years ago than recently.)

    6. Ever bought a Pub Rants-recommended book? Haven’t been reading the blog long enough. But don’t worry, it’s coming. Heh.

    7. How many books bought a year? 25-30?

    8. How many library books checked out a year? 0.

  107. Joseph L. Selby said:

    I’ve been reading a lot lately and I found that the shape of the mass paperback doesn’t really fit with the size of the other things I carried. I thought to myself that perhaps an eReader (Sony, I don’t like the shape of the Kindle) might be better/easier. Not having used it, I will abstain from that question (I suspect the vast majority of the original 82% hadn’t actually tried reading electronically).

    Occasionally I’ll buy a second title, but most often I buy only what I came looking for.

    The cover art will get me to pick up a book, not buy it.

    The BCC is what sells me. If I pick up a book and the back sounds like it’s up my alley, I’ll give it a try. If I groan, then I know I’ll groan the whole way through so why bother?

    I buy books on recommendation less than 50% of the time. Most people don’t seem to understand the nuances of the fantasy genre.

    No, I haven’t bought a book on your recommendation (sorry).

    I don’t buy nearly as many books as I used to. I used to buy more books than I could read, so now I’m down to a half-dozen a year until I read all the others I’ve purchased.

    My library’s selection of fiction is unfortunately limited. They do have a nice collection of audiobooks of the classics. This is how I listened to Captain Blood. 🙂

  108. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Very often

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Yes, Martha Grimes’s Foul Matter

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    I’m guessing about 15

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    No libraries where I live–I mean, there are only bookstores

  109. Sam said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy, with one caveat: technical reference books I need for my day job. Those take up too much space, and I never need them when I’m not at my computer.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    About half the time.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    No.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    No, but good back cover copy will make me open the book and read a few pages to see if I like the style before I buy. So it’s a factor.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    At least once a month.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    I’m a new reader, so no.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Somewhere in the neighborhood of 40.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    About 50.

    SF

  110. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Absolutely. Most important for me.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Sometimes

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    No.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    30

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    0

  111. Patricia said:

    Thanks so much for your blog! I’ve learned a lot from it. I haven’t really commented, but I thought this was a great poll.

    1. Definitely hard copy. I justify all my books by saying I’m saving them for my library when I have a house.

    2. I almost always by a second (or third or fourth) title. I don’t like seeing the bottom of my “to read” pile at home.

    3. Yes. And usually they turn out great.

    4. Yes, and that and picking out the cover, is usually how I choose my books.

    5. Yes. My family trades books back and forth too, so I’ve often read books I wouldn’t normally read. And if I like them, that usually gets me to buy more of that author or genre.

    6. Yes, and the first ones coming to mind are Ally Carter’s books.

    7. Oh…loads. I’ve bought about five or six in the past two months.

    8. None. This one relates to my first answer. I’m collecting my books so I usually buy them. I’m going to have to move into a bigger apartment soon.

  112. nightsmusic said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy. I need to feel the book in my hands. It makes the reading a more personal experience.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    All the time, which doesn’t always bode well for my budget. 😉

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Rarely, but it has happened. I sometimes buy them for the way the paper itself feels in my hands.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    The cover draws me, then I flip the book over and read the back copy. Every time. No exceptions. But that’s just me. If the back copy interests me, I buy the book. If it doesn’t, I don’t. I don’t care how the cover grabbed my interest. Covers aren’t everything. Some of the best covers had the worst drivel between them. Even books that have been highly recommended get left behind if I don’t like the back cover copy.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Once in a while, only because most of my friends have very different reading tastes than I do.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    I am ashamed to say I can’t recall…

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Between 50 and 100, all paperback.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    None. I returned the Stephen Hawkins’s book! I really did. The found it six months later, but the damage had been done. *sigh* Nasty librarians, those, though they are a very small minority. I just don’t want to go through that again.

  113. Mary Paddock said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy. I’m a die-hard traditionalist in that respect. Plus, books are less expensive than electronic equipment if something happens.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Absolutely. Books are like Pringles. Who can buy just one?

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No. I find that strange. I have picked one up to look at it because of the art, though.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Do you mean the blurb? Yes. If you mean artwork, no.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Once or twice. Generally I search out libraries for recommended books. Otherwise, I’d rather choose my own stuff.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Not so far, but it’s more a matter of a tight budget than anything.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    Counting what I buy for my homeschooled kids–lots!. Just for me, probably thirty or so.
    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    At least fifty

  114. Chro said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    -Hard copy, because I do most of my reading at lunch, where lugging around a laptop (or hardback) isn’t practical.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    -Only if they didn’t have my book available, and they had to order it. In that case, I say, “Well, I need SOMETHING to tide me over until then.”

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    -‘Alone’ is a strong term. While cover art does influence my buying decision (particularly if it’s atrocious), it’s only one of many factors.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    -Again, this is based on many factors, though the back cover actually has more influence with me than the front, because it tells me what the book is about.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    -My roommate and I tend to share all the books we read, and when I was a kid I started reading fantasy because my older sister did, so this happens very often, particularly if it’s a genre I like.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    -Afraid not, sorry. I don’t tend to read the genres you recommend.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    -About one a month, so 12.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    -I haven’t used a library since college. I hate being pressured to read a book in a certain amount of time.

    On another note, concerning ‘cover quotes’: I have actually bought books primarily because of cover quotes. The words themselves don’t mean much, but if my favorite authors pitch a book to me through their blurbs, I will usually pick up the book.

  115. Deb said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy. Sad, for an e-book author!

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Almost invariably.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes. I’ve also put ’em back based on sleazoid covers alone.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Yes.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) TWILIGHT, for my kid.

    How many books do you buy in a year? Oh boy, indeed. I think if I buy two, I buy 40-50. I shudder to stop & count.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? 1-2, mostly OOP titles.

  116. LitWitch said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    HARD COPY, ALTHOUGH NO EXP. WITH ELECTRONIC

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    YES

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    YES

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    YES (MORE OFTEN GO TO LIBRARY)

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    OFTEN

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    I DON’T THINK SO…BUT I DO LOOK THEM UP.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    15-20.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    ROUGHLY 60-100.

    I also read the first few pages right there in the store and more often place it right back on the shelf if I’m not “grabbed.” I also order books through the state library system so I can read many of the newest books for free; some are so good I buy them for my personal library. I always hand-pick recommendations for friends.

  117. Mike said:

    Hi, long time feed reader, first time commenter.
    1. Paper, but I have no mobile format to read an ebook. I have seen the kindle and do like the way it looks.

    2. Yes, I wbuy more than one title frequently.

    3. Never based on the cover alone, though it will grab attention if it is a good cover; as it is supposed to.

    4.Yes, but usually something else has drawn me to the back. Author or art maybe.

    5.I’ve bought a few based on recommendations. My friends and family don’t read much.

    6.No. sorry..

    7. 20 maybe.

    8. 0, I don’t have a library card right now….

  118. JenWriter said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy!

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Oh yeah.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yep.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yep.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Yep.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Lisa Shearin.

    How many books do you buy in a year? A gazillion. Real number? I don’t know, 100 or something.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Zero.

  119. Kelsey said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    HARD COPY

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    OF COURSE

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    NO

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    YES

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    ON OCCASION

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    NO, SORRY.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    15-20

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    20-40

  120. Yoda47 said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy (I have many eBooks, but until I find an eInk reader that supports the open ePub format, I prefer hard copy.)

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Oh yes, many times!

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Hmm, I don’t remember. If I have, it’s been once or twice out of almost a thousand…

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes! Many times. This is what I mainly use to sum up the book and decide if I might be interested. If the back cover makes it sound interesting, then I’ll flip through it and skim a bit.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Very often. If it’s someone who I know likes the same kinds of books as I, I’ll often go and buy it even if I’ve never heard of it before.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    No, but one or two sounded interesting. If I get some spare change and more room on my Amazon wishlist, I might look up which ones and check them out.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    This depends on how much spare money I have.

    Typically, about 20, some of them new, and some used.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    I haven’t been to the library in a while… lately I’ve just been buying the books I want to read. I usually use the library to read a book that someone has recomened, or the back cover made it sound interesting. Lately though, I’ve got a large list of books that I’ve bought, or know I want to buy that I want to read before I check out anything new.

  121. Anonymous said:

    1. Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    – Hard copy

    2. When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    – Yes. I mostly go to the bookstore to purchase a particular book, but I buy an unplanned book about 50% of the time.

    3. Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    – No. Never. I’ve picked up a book based on the cover, but only purchase it if the back copy and (usually) first page capture my attention.

    4. Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    – Yes. I have never bought a book without reading the back cover copy (unless it is part of a series that I read). I also have never bought a book if the back cover copy does not catch my interest. Usually, I will skim the first few pages – if the back cover copy was interesting – before buying it.

    5. How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    – If a book is recommended, I will definitely read the cover copy and the first few pages to see if I want it before buying. I only end up buying a book based on recommendations half the time. If I don’t think I’ll love it, I get it from the library.

    6. Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    – No. I have read some of the books you have mentioned, but it was a coincidence.

    7. How many books do you buy in a year?
    – 30 to 40

    8. How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    – 75 to 100 (for me alone, if you count for the kids too, then 300 to 400).

  122. B.E. Sanderson said:

    1) Hard copy. I love the whole sensory experience of books.
    2) I always go into a bookstore with a list and then buy more than what’s on there.
    3) Yep. Sometimes flashy covers hook my attention.
    4) I may have, but I usually don’t read back cover copy.
    5) Often. Friends, family, blog-buddies, other writers whose opinions I trust usually get me to buy a book or two (or a dozen).
    6) Probably. I’ve bought so many books since I started reading your blog, I can’t remember which ones.
    7) Too many when I think about how much money I spent on books last year. New – I’m guessing around 30. Used – has to be over a hundred.
    8) I only check out a couple a year, but my daughter gets about 10 a week.

  123. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    HARD

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    SOMETIMES, INFREQUENT

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    NO, DON’T USUALLY NOTICE IT

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    ALMOST ALWAYS THIS IS WHAT MY DECISION IS BASED ON (AND FIRST COUPLE PAGES)

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    YES

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    NOT YET, BUT I PROBABLY WILL

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    15-30, DEPENDS ON FINANCES

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    0 SINCE WE MOVED, OUR LIBRARY STINKS AND I DON’T LIKE GIVING BOOKS UP!

  124. Rose Green said:

    1-hard copy or electronic? Hard

    2-When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? If I have the money, sure.

    3-bought a book based on the cover alone? No, I flip through the book first–but a great cover can catch my initial interest and result in a sale.

    4-ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? Yes

    5-How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Often–probably the biggest way I hear about books (well, now I know a lot of authors who are excited about their books, so they are part of that “word of mouth” bit)

    6=ever bought a book because mentioned on this blog? If so, which book(s). Not yet. (I read mostly YA and I live outside the US–but some of your YA titles ARE on my reading list when I get back to the States)

    7-How many books do you buy in a year? Usually maybe only 10, but the past couple years has been er, more like 30? Depends on how good the library is where I live. If it’s not good (or not in English), my book budget goes WAAAAY up!

    8-How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Hundreds!

  125. kgillenwater said:

    I actually thought the 18% who prefer ebooks was really telling. We are only in the infancy of electronic books and e-readers, so don’t be discouraged, Kristin, I suspect this 18% will grow rapidly in the next 10 years.

    1) I would prefer electronic if I had the money to buy a Kindle or e-reader of some kind, but right now I don’t.

    2) Yes, I have walked out of a bookstore with more than just the book I was in there to buy.

    3) I have bought a book based on cover AND title alone. Must have a good title to go with cool cover art to get my attention.

    4) I ALWAYS read back cover copy before I buy. And I will put down any book that wastes the back cover with quotes from authors or reviews. That doesn’t tell me anything about the book itself…please stop doing that publishers! Give me a good blurb!

    5) Have bought on recommendations of friends many, many times.

    6) I want to read Sherry Thomas’s book. Haven’t bought it yet. Also would be interested in the one with ‘Bitter and Sweet’ in the title. So, yes, your blog has made me interested in a couple authors you represent.

    7) Less than 10. I’m cheap!

    8) Probably 15 to 20. I don’t read as much as I used to, and the library is quite a drive from me.

    Can’t wait to see the survey results!

  126. Vivi Anna said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? HARD COPY

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? YES

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? NO

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). YES

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? ALL THE TIME

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) NO

    How many books do you buy in a year? 25-30

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? 0

  127. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Occasionally

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? Yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? No, we have different tastes

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). No (sorry, but I don’t read the stuff you represent)

    How many books do you buy in a year? A few, probably less than ten, possibly less than five

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Several dozen

  128. Quinn said:

    Wow, you’re really not hurting for responses here, but I’ll throw in my own anyway:

    I prefer hard copy. I might be a huge tech geek, but frankly any time I can spend NOT in front of an electronic screen is probably good for me.

    I’m more likely to go into a bookstore to browse and wander than to look for a specific title.

    I’d say I make additional purchases maybe a third of the time when I go looking for a specific book.

    I’m swayed to LOOK at a book because of cover art, but not to buy it.

    I’m often swayed by reviews, but only if I read the whole thing (a little blurb on the back cover is pretty meaningless to me).

    I can remember one time when I was swayed by a cover quote (Stephen King’s on His Majesty’s Dragon).

    I’m very likely to be swayed by a recommendation from a friend or family member.

  129. beth said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    HARD–BUT I’D BE WILLING TO GO ELECTRONIC IF THERE WAS A REASONABLY PRICE READER

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    ALMOST ALWAYS.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    NO–I HAVE PICKED THE BOOK UP, BUT IF THE COVER COPY DIDN’T GRAB ME, I PUT IT BACK

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    USUALLY, THAT’S THE SELLING POINT FOR ME.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    ABSOLUTELY, EVEN IF THE COVER COPY DIDN’T SELL ME.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    YES–ALLY CARTER’S SPY BOOKS

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    UM…LOTS. PROBABLY 30-40?

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    NONE.

  130. Anonymous said:

    hard copy

    Our family is limited to 2 titles per stop or 10 books at one purchase(soory, but you have to have limits)

    Cover art is what draws me to the back cover and the first two pages make the sale

    friends 50%

    Ally Carter at the moment is beig shared (and I use shared loosely)

  131. Wavemancali said:

    1) Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy. My library in my dream house will look very silly with just a kindle.

    2) When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes, whenever possible.

    3) Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No, but I will read the back if the cover art is eye catching.

    4)Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy?
    Yes, I’m a sucker for great snippets.

    5)How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    At least 80-90.

    6)Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog?
    Not yet. Love the blog but you don’t trend towards he genre I read voraciously.

    7)How many books do you buy in a year?
    80-100

    8)How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    Zero. I cherish my books and want to keep them.

  132. Just_Me said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? You kid, right? Hard copy all the way. I can’t afford an e-reader and I hate the eye strain from reading on a screen. Plus, I can take paperbacks into the bubble bath :o)

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Almost always. Going into a book store is dangerous for my budget.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes. And it’s a hit or miss proposition. I found Jack Campbell that way. I also found an awful book with 0 plot that way. But when I’m in a rush I look for guns, knives, and explosions in hopes that the cover art is at least 3% accurate.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes, and been saddly disappointed. Back covers LIE!!!!

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Friends- very often Family- not so much. My friends are friends because we have similar reading tastes. My father sent me “The Art of War” for my birthday one year…

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) No- sorry

    How many books do you buy in a year? Somewhere between 50 and 100 depending

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Well over 100, especially if I count books for my kids. But my average reading rate is a novel a day so, if I don’t want to repeat, I need to find 365 books every year and I can’t buy them all (DH objects)

  133. Ulysses said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? No.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Never.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Not yet.

    How many books do you buy in a year? 5-6. My wife buys the rest.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? None.

  134. JL Robinson said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? – Hard

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? – Most of the time.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes, bad experience. – I prefer to read a couple pages, if I’m drawn in good, if I’m not drawn in, back on the shelf.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). – No

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? – I’ll look at a book based on a recommendation often, I have rarely then purchased.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) – Haven’t read long enough yet. (Just started about 2 days ago)

    How many books do you buy in a year? – Lost track of the number, I spend about $900-1300 annually.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? – I prefer to own

  135. AmyB said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes. In fact, I do this so commonly I consider it safer (to my pocketbook) to shop online.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Very often

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Yes, PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTs. Maybe others too. I buy books based on blog recommendations all the time, but I often forget which blog it came from.

    How many books do you buy in a year? About 100.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Maybe 3-4.

  136. elizabethcrisp said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Yes.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No. I’ve heard those stories about how bad cover art can kill a good story. I try not to be judgmental.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy?
    Yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Absolutely. Word of mouth is the thing.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!
    Yes. Special Arrangement, Secret Society Girl (I’ve read two of the series) and others. Agent and Author’s blogs are good sources to find new reads.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    Around 10. I don’t have a paying day job. I write full time, and I’m a full time mom, so I don’t have the funds I wish I had to buy books.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    About three a week. My local library has a system where I can reserve new books and pick them up when it’s my turn. I buy what I can’t borrow.

  137. Leah Braemel said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hardcopy – paperback – I never buy hardcovers, but if I do buy electronic and I like the story, I will also purchase the paperback (Kindle’s aren’t available in Canada, and they’re no good for someone who likes to read in the tub ;))

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    I’d say 95% of the time I’ll go in looking for one book and come out with three or more.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Never.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    If I get past the cover, I read the back cover at which point if the BCC doesn’t grab me I will make me put a book down. If I like the back cover copy I’ll turn to the first page and read it. That’s where the real decision is made.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Most times I’m looking for books based on word-of-mouth of word-of-blog recommendations from people whose opinions I respect.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Yes.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Depends on my finances that year – anywhere from a half dozen to several dozen.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    On average I read between 100 and 300 books a year (though 300 was one very strange year), so over 80?

  138. Anonymous said:

    1. Hard, please.
    2. About half the time, yes.
    3. No.
    4. Yes, and the back cover copy has also made me put a few down, so about 50/50 on that.
    5. Yes indeedy, about half of what I read.
    6. Not yet, but I’m willing.
    7. It varies – 5-25, depending on budget.
    8. None in the past two years.

  139. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hardcopy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? A few times.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) No, just started reading it.

    How many books do you buy in a year? 25

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? 0

  140. E.A.Harrison said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy it’s easier on my eyes.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    occasionally say about 25% of the time

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    no

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Yes. More’s the pity. I always flip it open to a random section to read a bit now…

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    about 50% of the time

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    No…not yet.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    between 12-50

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    more than 500

  141. Rebecca said:

    Hard copy or electronic? Hard, always. Easier to read printed than on the screen for me.

    Buy a second title? Very frequently!

    Bought a book based on the cover alone? Kind of — I won’t buy it unless he flap copy or the first few paragraphs are particularly good, but nice covers do catch my eye and get me to pick them up.

    Based on back cover copy? Heck yes.

    Based on friends’ or family’s recommendations? Often!

    Because it was mentioned on this blog? Not yet, but I’ve begun looking for some of the titles…

    In a year? Ummm… 40?

    Library: Sadly, my neighborhood library isn’t especially, uh, good. So picking up books at the store is often much easier than ordering them through ILL.

  142. Tim Susman said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    –Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    –Yes!

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    –…yeah. 🙂

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    –Absolutely.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    –A couple times a year.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    –I haven’t been reading long enough, but I’d certainly pay attention if you did.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    –Wow. Um, maybe… twenty?

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    –None. I don’t read on a predictable enough schedule. I’ll blow through three books in a month and then get stuck on one for the next month.

  143. Chesya said:

    1. Hard Copy

    2. Yes, often

    3. No

    4. Yes

    5. Often

    6. After reading reviews and other things, yes. No Safe Place by Kim Reid

    7. 50 +

    8. 20 + (I get others from conventions)

  144. smokingpen said:

    1. Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Currently hard copy. I don’t like to read on my computer (if I can help it), nor do I have the money to invest in a Kindle or Sony e-reader, though I want one.

    2. When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    I normally go in to buy one and purchase, or consider purchasing, at least two or three more on the same subject or in the same genre. As I buy a lot on Amazon.com, I often purchase four or five books in the genre or on the subject matter I am working on.

    3. Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    My all-time favorite series was initially purchased as a result of liking the cover art and for no other reason. With that said, I have been burned by buying books based solely off of the cover art.

    4. Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes. I frequently buy subject specific books (e.g. history, writing, science, art) based, at least in part, on the cover copy.

    5. How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Not frequently. I am normally the one doing the recommending to people. Though, I did buy my wife the Stephanie Meyer’s series based off of someone else’s suggestion.

    6. Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Yes. And read other blogs and joined other websites all based on your suggestions… would have to think of what books and since I am not at home and not near my bookshelves, can’t add which one(s) here.

    7. How many books do you buy in a year? I don’t know. If I had to guess, somewhere between 50 and 100 depending on the year and what kind of work I am doing and how much free time I have to read fiction as well as trade and other books.

    8. How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Depends on the year and work/school load. This year (for all of 2008) I am at 9 books checked out. I prefer to buy unless I have some indicator I may not like what I am about to read and don’t want to make the investment.

  145. Cindy Procter-King said:

    – I prefer hard copy, as I don’t have an e-reader.

    – Yes, I have bought a second title when going into a bookstore to look for a specific book. However, I do 95% of my book-buying on-line now. It’s way more convenient for me. But I rarely buy a book on-line that I didn’t go on-line intending to buy.

    – No, I’ve never bought a book based on the back cover copy alone.

    – I very frequently buy books based on friend and family recommendations.

    – I honestly can’t recall if I’ve ever bought a book mentioned on your blog. I know I’ve written down titles of books to maybe buy that were mentioned on your blog, but unless the book is in a sub-genre I’m writing or targeting, I usually wind up not buying it. The TBR pile can only get so big before even *I* protest. 🙂

    – Yikes, I don’t want to think about how many books I buy in a year. I probably buy 5 every time I visit Amazon, which I try to only do every couple of months. So I guess I buy about 30 books a year, more or less.

    – I don’t check out books from the library. I used to check out books for research purposes, but with all the resources available on-line now, I no longer feel the need (plus, our library isn’t huge). I like to support authors by buying their books news. I buy my fav authors (usually literary) in hard cover.

  146. Merry Monteleone said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard Copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? EVERY TIME (often a stack – I’m terrible that way)

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No, but I’ll pick it up because of the cover.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Often, especially if our tastes are similiar.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) No, sorry.

    How many books do you buy in a year? No idea… counting the ones for the kids, probably somewhere around twenty five or thirty…

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Again, no idea, the kids get about two trips there a month… sometimes I pick one up for me, sometimes I don’t see anything I like.

  147. Tish Cohen said:

    Hi Kristen!

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy – always and forever. Maybe.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes and a third and a fourth.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). No.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Many.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Not yet, but I am dying to buy Ally’s Gallagher Girls books and will.

    How many books do you buy in a year? Myself – 30 or so. My family – about 50.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? My card was revoked due to lack of follow through. It’s a genetic defect and I blame my mother just like my kids will one day blame me.

  148. Melanie Avila said:

    Hard copy.

    Yes, but I limit myself to three books per visit.

    I do love a good cover, but I force myself to read the back before purchasing.

    I’ve bought many books based on the back cover copy.

    Friend or family member’s recommendation – usually I just borrow their copy, but the recommendation is important to me.

    I haven’t been reading your blog long enough!

    Annually, about a dozen books per year. I borrow A LOT from my mother, who buys a couple per week.

    Zero from library, but it’s all in Spanish here.

  149. Jana Lubina said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? — HARD!

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? — Each and every single time. Same for when I’m shopping online.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? — *sigh* yes. And it turned into one of my favourite novels, Kushiel’s Dart by Jaqueline Carrey.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). — Yes I have. That’s the second thing I do after picking a book up. And by the way, when the back-cover copy doesn’t accurately reflect the content, I get PISSED off.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? — Rarely. They would just have lent it to me.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) — Private Arrangements.

    How many books do you buy in a year? — Close to a hundred. Maybe more.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? — None. Although I do use the library for research.

  150. Nancy Beck said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Depends on my money situation. 😉

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? I have in the past, but not anymore. That’s what happens when you’re drawn in by a fab cover but the story isn’t to your liking.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes, but only in addition to reading at least the first page of the book.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Rarely. A former colleague gave me something, but I didn’t get beyond the first chapter. Another one, I finished, but it was a struggle to get through the story. Never again.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) I can’t remember if you did or not, but I just happened to find Lisa Shearin’s first book while browsing in the local bookstore; imagine my chagrin (and delight) to find out she was repped
    by you! 🙂

    How many books do you buy in a year? Depends. Last year, about 20 or so. This year so far, about 10 books. As I’m financially strapped this year, there might only be 1 or 2 more bought books on the horizon. ::sigh::

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? None.

  151. Rock and Roll Mama said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Always.:) Sometimes along a theme.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    Yes.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    ABSOLUTELY! Just bought The Actress, by Elizabeth Sims, purely on back cover copy from Amazon. Worth it.:)

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Almost never-I’m usually the recommender.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Absolutely-both Gallegher Girls books. Also market research for me.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    50+- need to get cozier with the library.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    30+

  152. Gail Dayton said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy. But I don’t have an e-book reader (and until they cost closer to $100, I won’t) and don’t like to read books on the computer.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    I NEVER get out of a bookstore with fewer than 2 books. I Usually leave with 4 to 6 books. It depends on whether I buy trade-size or hardback, and how many. (I’m going to a bookstore today–it’s a major, sorta planned-ahead trip, since I don’t get into the city with “real” bookstores very often. I have two books I am specifically going to buy/look for (I know one is in release. The other one, I’m not sure if it’s out yet.) And I know I’ll leave with around 3 to 4 more. I just will. I’m an addict.)

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    No. A cover has made me pick the book up, but I don’t ever buy without checking out the back cover copy and reading at least the first page or two.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Again–it’s part of the package deal. The back cover copy has to tempt me into opening the book and trying a page or two, but that opening page–the voice has to grab me.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Lots of times. My daughter recommended Carol Berg not too long ago, and I read about 5 of hers. Mostly, tho, I recommend to them.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    I don’t read this blog often enough… so I don’t remember the books you’ve mentioned, as opposed to books I saw on other agent blogs. (eep) I think there may be a YA or two I’d like to read, or maybe even have picked up, but I don’t remember.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Okay. I read somewhere between 250 and 300 books a year, pretty consistently. (Yeah. I know.) I keep a list on my computer–though I’m usually about 20 to 30 books behind on getting them logged in. But around that many. That does not count the re-reads and usually doesn’t count the research books or the writing books. Most of those books I buy new, though I do buy some at the UBS and check out the library. I’m going to say that I probably buy 200 new books in a year, mostly mm paperback, some trade and hardback.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Libraries can’t keep up with me. In the little Texas panhandle town where I used to live, I donated a lot of their books. But I’d say I probably check out about 30 books in a year.

    Okay. I put in my comment. Now I’m going to go back and read what everybody else says. 🙂

  153. Wordsmith said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Electronic – I love my Kindle! And really, I have way too much clutter in my house.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Absolutely! Even browsing on Amazon, I wind up buying way more books than I intend.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Not just on the cover, but I have NOT bought books because the cover looked crap.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Absolutely. This plus the cover is what makes the decision for me, on actual books. On e-books, it’s the sample pages. If they hook me, I click buy.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? I don’t have that many readers in my family. I’ll occasionally buy books my friends rave about, provided they don’t recite to me every detail of what happens in the plot.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Not from agent blogs, but I will occasionally buy books from writer or editor blogs. I just bought the Adventure Heroine book that was mentioned on the Redlines and Deadlines blogs. When it comes to agent blogs, I figure that selling their client’s books is part of their job description, so I take those recommendations a bit less seriously.

    How many books do you buy in a year? I own thousands of books. My tax accountant said that I can’t even claim my work-oriented books as a business expense, because there are too dang many of them. I probably buy about five hundred books a year. But I’ve been trying to cut down.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? About another five hundred. I’m a book-a-holic. Regular books, e-books, audio books.

  154. peacey said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy. Nothing takes the place of holding that book in my hands or smelling those pages.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes. Is it possible not to?

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Absolutely, yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Based on the rec alone, almost never. But I will investigate it, and if it appeals to me, then I’ll read it.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) This would be the same as above. Your rec warrants further investigation.

    How many books do you buy in a year? Closest estimate, between 30-40. (One of my walls is a floor to ceiling bookcase.)

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? None. I am a total snob about books. I must own them. (That said, I do sell those I didn’t care for after I read them.)

  155. Lynn said:

    1 Hard copy, though that Kindle does look awesome.
    2 Yes, its almost impossible to walk out with only one. Especially if they don’t have what you want, you look longer, therefore finding more to buy. 🙂
    3 No, but I have chosen not to buy a book because I didn’t like the cover. If I like the cover, I flip it over to read the back.
    4 Yes
    5 Once, I normally just borrow 😀
    6 No
    7 A lot. Really I have no clue how many.
    8 One or two a month for pleasure reading, twice that for school work.

  156. Anonymous said:

    1. Hard – I will never be an e-book kind of gal. Also, I have nothing to keep forever on my shelf that way – especially when all the technology changes and I can’t read that version of e-book anymore.

    2. When I go to a book store I’m like a kid in a candy shop – a second title? Try a second, a third, a fourth…

    3. Never on cover alone, but cover definitely helps

    4. Back cover copy – definitely.

    5. Recommendation of others definitely helps – although if I pick it up and it sounds awful and the writing isn’t wowing me, I’ll pass.

    6. Yes – from the client you mentioned – Sherry Thomas. You go, Kristin!

    7. To quote Miss Snark – Dear Dog! I have to estimate this?? Maybe 50 or 60.

    8. No library. Love the library – used to work in one (shelving books), but I don’t go there for my reading material. I buy and add to my own library. I also buy hardcovers vs. paperback when I can to support writers in the beginning of their book release, AND I never buy a used book unless it’s out of print. I’m a writer and this is a hard way to make a living. I support my fellow writers anyway I can. It’s a karma thing, man…

    J.F.

  157. Pamela said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? HARD COPY

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? YES

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? NO

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). ABSOLUTELY

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? FREQUENTLY

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) NOT YET!

    How many books do you buy in a year? TWENTY

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? FIFTY

  158. karen wester newton said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Mass market PB, so far. Stll waiting for a reader-friendly reader.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? almost always!

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? no

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). yes, but not often

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? lots of times

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) sorry, no

    How many books do you buy in a year? 20-30

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? usually zero. I am so BAD about taking them back tha I stopped checking them out.

  159. Kate H said:

    1. hard copy, absolutely
    2. often, yes
    3. I’ve picked up a book based on the cover, but there has to be something else to make me actually buy it.
    4. I’ve bought books based on flap copy or back cover copy, yes.
    5. I often read books based on recommendations. I only buy them new if I can’t find them in the library or used.
    6. I have read books you mentioned on the blog, but I got them from the library.
    7. Gee, I don’t know–probably in the 10-30 range.
    8. At least a hundred.

  160. Jeannie Ruesch said:

    1. Hard copy. Though I have yet to try a reader.

    2. Yes, I frequently search the shelves for other books.

    3. I have picked up a book based on the cover, but the blurb and the first three or so pages must draw my interest as well or I won’t buy it.

    4. Yup. But 98% of the time I’ve also read at least the first page.

    5. I’d say 30% of my books are recommended to me.

    6. Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girl books. LOVE THEM! And I don’t read first person books, I find them harder to get into usually. Not so with these. I bought the second as soon as I knew it was out. To anyone who hasn’t read it, go find them. They are SO worth it (and I’m way out of the YA audience range, I’m 35.)

    7. Probably in the realm of 80 – 150.

    8. Sad to say at this point, none, but I’m going to start! LOL If it’s a book I love, I will eventually buy it though, since I like to reread books.

  161. Sara said:

    1) Hard copy.
    2) Not unless I found it on sale.
    3) No.
    4) No – but it might make me open it.
    5) At least a dozen times.
    6) Nope, sorry, only my second visit, but I’ll buy Jamie Ford’s because I always buy friend’s books.
    7) 25-35 (does this include raiding the pristine used book rack at Mr K’s?)
    8) 100?

  162. Thaddeus Glapp said:

    1. Hard copy. I’m amazed anyone at all buys electronic.

    2. It’s difficult for me NOT to buy 2nd and 3rd titles.

    3. Yes

    4. Not that I remember.

    5. 90% of everything I read is based on friend/family recommendation.

    6. No.

    7. 15-20

    8. None.

  163. Erin said:

    * Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    – Hard copy… but I could grow to prefer electronic if I could trust my ability not to lose it.

    * When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    – Yes, Almost always

    * Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    – No. But I have NOT bought a book because of the cover.

    * Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    – Yes, when I’m pressed for time, this is usually what gives me a sense of the book. Usually I’ll read the first couple of pages too, though.

    * How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    – About 90% of the time my book choices are based on recommendations.

    * Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    – I’ve started reading urban fantasy because of this blog, but not a particular book.

    * How many books do you buy in a year?
    – More than I care to go back and count…. An estimate: 35. Plus, I usually borrow another 25 or so from friends and family.

    * How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    – Not counting school books, none. The selection is lacking here, and I often have to wait for them to ship the book in or be returned by another patron. I’m not that patient.

  164. Anonymous said:

    1. Hard cover
    2. Yes
    3. No
    4. No
    5. Minimally
    6. Sorry, No (unless it was by coincidence). If it makes you feel any better, I have never read an Oprah book just because she recommended it either,
    7. 12 or so. mostly used.
    8. Over 100. I read too much to buy many books.

  165. design4life said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    Hard copy or audio (downloaded).

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    Sigh. Almost always.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    Many! (but I am a designer, does that disqualify me?)

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Not sure. But almost always read it. So it must be a factor—yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Maybe 30% of the time.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Sorry, no.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    15-20

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    10-15

  166. cindy said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? usually.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? yes.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). yes.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? 1/2 the time at least.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) i don’t think so.

    How many books do you buy in a year? between 30 – 40.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? 0.

  167. MM said:

    Hard copy

    Almost always

    I’ve bought several books on cover and back copy alone.

    I almost never buy a book that someone has recommended. Sadly most of my friends don’t read.

    I’ve checked out several books that were mentioned on this blog

    I buy 10-20 books a year

    I check out over 100 from the library.

  168. Icarus said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy. I like to keep the books I read–even if it means constantly buying new bookshelves and some books still managing to end up in boxes in the garage. Also, I can’t see ponying up hundreds of dollars for a device to read with, on top of the cost of books. If I could get a Kindle for $30 or so, I might be interested in trying it out.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Yes. In particular, I buy anything at all that strikes my fancy if it’s on the discount rack.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Alone? No. But does the cover real me in to looking at the rest of the book? Yes. In general, I would say you can judge a book by its cover. Obviously not all the time, but certain artistic styles tend to appeal to certain types of readers. If there’s a scantily clad woman holding a bazooka on the cover of a book, I know, without looking at anything else, it’s probably not for me. If there’s some abstract art vaguely suggesting something futuristic, maybe a stylized space ship or human face, or just a realistic-looking shot of a space scene (without any lasers shooting past) then there’s a decent chance I’m in the target audience, and I’ll pick it up and read the covers.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Absolutely. When looking at a book by someone I haven’t heard of, that’s most of what I have to go by.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    I’ve almost never bought a book based on just one person’s recommendation. I don’t believe any of my friends knows me well enough to know what kind of book is perfect for me. But when all my friends start buzzing about something, I’ll eventually give it a shot. Things I’ve discovered due to friend-buzz: Firefly, Neil Gaiman, and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    erm . . . sure I have! In fact . . . I’ve bought ’em all! . . . . That’s the ticket! Yeah!

    😮

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    I couldn’t begin to say, because I buy in huge binges and then spend months reading the stack down. Add to that the books I buy when I happen to stop by a bookstore even though I don’t need anything, or when a favorite author comes out with something new, or when I find something interesting on the discount rack. I dunno. Thirty? Forty?

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    None. Did I mention I like to own my precious books?

  169. Kasey said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard Copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes, almost always.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes, but that was before I was a writer, when I was just a reader. Now I usually know all the books that come out so covers don’t surprise me or intrigue me.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). The back cover pitch paragraph–all the time. The endorsements from authors–never.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Depends. From a family, never, because I usually recommend to them. From a writing friend, very often. From non-writing friends, never.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Yes. I originally bought Ally Carter’s book after reading about it here a few years ago. There are probably too many other books I’ve purchased because of blog mentions to count.

    How many books do you buy in a year? 70-100. Almost all YA. And I read them all too!

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Zero. My library doesn’t have convenient hours.

  170. #1 GAL, Dr. Ty! said:

    Hard copy, hands down.

    bought a second title? YES, all the time.

    cover alone? Front cover, no.

    back cover copy? Yes.

    friend or family member’s recommendation? At least half of my books.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s).
    Not yet.

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    8-10

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    Only academic books.

  171. Anonymous said:

    1) Always hard copy
    2)Sure, not all the time, but often enough.
    3) Nope
    4)absolutely
    5)I don’t usually buy a recommended book because my tastes are usually so different.
    6)I haven’t bought a book yet from this blog, but I really want to read Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Demon Lexicon- sounds like the perfect book for me 🙂
    7) Ummm I’d say I buy about 10-12 books a year, but it all depends on if books are coming out in the series I read, and the cost of each.
    8)I actually only check out maybe 6 books from the library because the young adult selection is dismal.

    Emily

  172. Moth said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy definitely

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Pretty muh always. You can never leave a bookstore with just one thing.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? Yes, once actually. It was painted by one of my favorite artists.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Um…if I have I don’t remember so no.
    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? All the time. That’s probably where I come up with most of my new authors.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Yes. Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas. Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair and Boys that Bite by Mari Mancusi. I was researching your taste. 😀 Although, Private Arrangements sounded too fabulous not to buy, I must admit.

    How many books do you buy in a year? 30 or 40 if I have money.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? I just got my first library card this month and already I’ve checked out 20 books since June 5.

    Yay books! 😀

    ~Moth

  173. Suzy Q said:

    Hard copy.

    Nearly always.

    No, but I have rejected a book on its cover art alone. If it’s too similar to the art of a book I’ve already read, I feel like I’ve already been there, done that. This especially applies if I didn’t like the book I read first.

    Yes. It’s probably the deteremining factor for me.

    Quite often. I’d do it more if I got more recommendations that way.

    No, though I have checked them out from the library. ENCHANTED, INC. found its way onto my reading list pretty quickly.

    Last year: 11-ish, with at least six others received (and kept) as gifts, not including any books bought for school (even if I loved them so much I kept them). I usually get more (I have no self control) but I’ve recently become a poor college student and I had to change a few habits. ^_^

    I don’t even know where to start on that last question. Right now I have six checked out, and that’s about all I can say for sure.

  174. Lady Heidi, Duchess of Kneale said:

    Generally I prefer hardcopy, but only because I don’t have a decent ereader. If I did, then things would be different. I do want an ereader, if only to put my scriptures on for church.

    Sometimes I’ve bought a second title.

    Once I bought a book based on the cover. I was lucky, and the style of the cover matched the style of the book.

    Yep. If it hooks me, I’m sold.

    Pretty much nearly every book I’ve bought in the past four years was because someone recommended it to me.

    Nope, sorry. I don’t have much budget for books. (Then again, I work in a library and your recommendations have influenced which books I recommend for acquisition. Also, I write reviews and judge awards so publishers lob tons of books at me for free.)

    I buy maybe five books a year, if that?

    Oh, good grief! A brief look at my past borrower’s history tells me I’ve checked out over 200 books this year alone.

  175. DeenaML said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    HARD COPY

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    YES

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    NO

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    YES

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    FREQUENTLY

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    NO

    How many books do you buy in a year?
    50

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    200

  176. Lori said:

    1) Hard copy

    2) Yes

    3) Nope.

    4) In conjunction with a few other things, yes.

    5) Quite often

    6) Sorry, but no

    7) 12-16

    8) Not many these days. 2-3, maybe.

  177. Anonymous said:

    1) Hard copy – can’t stand electronic.

    2) I rarely buy from stores nowadays. It’s cheaper online. But if I do buy in a store, I will browse and fill a basket.

    3) Yes.

    4) Yes.

    5) Many of my purchases today are friend recommendations.

    6) No, but I’ve bought books from other authors’ blogs. (I’m fairly new to yours)

    7) Combined with my husband, we can easily buy close to or over a hundred a year.

    8) None.

  178. tys said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
    hard

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?
    yes

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    No, but the cover sets the tone, and I’m more likely to pick up a book based on a cover I like.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).
    Not soley. I always look for quality of writing to so, generally read the first page, and a page somewhere in the middle (i.e. can they sustain an interesting voice)

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    Most of my fiction – but only from friends I trust.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    Nah, sorry. But they say if you hear a name 7 times it sticks with you – so if I saw a book in a bookstore from your website I’d pick it up because it would be familiar.

    How many books do you buy in a year? 5-10

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year
    For pleasure: probably about 15-20
    For writing & studies: 60-80

    Interestingly I reckon that survey post will bring a lot of the lurkers (like myself), and you’ll get a good idea of how many people read your blog every day!

  179. Lenore said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    hard

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    all the time

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    no

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    maybe 10% of my book buying. usually I am the one giving the recommendations.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    I buy a lot of books I see mentioned on blogs.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    40-50
    but I also get a lot of ARCs

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    some years it’s more than others. this year I have checked out about 20 so far.

  180. Pamela T said:

    Normally I just lurk here quietly, but I found the questions hard to resist.

    Hard copy!

    When I go into the store with a book in mind, I buy an extra almost every visit. (Then there are all those times I go in just to “see what’s there”… Very dangerous.)

    I’ve never bought a book just based on the cover, but there are certainly covers that keep me from picking up a book.

    I don’t buy the book on the back copy alone anymore. Page 1 and page 59 have to appeal too.

    Recommendations? All the time. I haven’t yet bought a book that you mentioned, but I have several of them in mind.

    I buy 50-100 books a year from bookstores, depending on cash flow, and another 20 or 30 from library sales. (I probably pick up another 20-30 each year from the “free box” outside one of the local secondhand bookstores.)

    I borrow about 300 books a year from the public library and another 50-100 from the university library.

    A reading addiction? Who, me?

  181. Deborah K. White said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? HARD COPY

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? YES, USUALLY

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?
    NO, BUT IT HEAVILY INFLUENCES MY PICKING THE BOOK UP TO BEGIN WITH

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). YES, THIS IS MY PRIMARY DECISION-MAKING TOOL

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?
    PRACTICALLY NEVER. IF SOMEONE RECOMMENDS A BOOK, I EITHER READ THEIR BOOK OR GET IT OUT OF THE LIBRARY

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)
    NO, THOUGH I DID READ ONE THAT I GOT FROM THE LIBRARY

    How many books do you buy in a year? ABOUT 60 USED BOOKS AND 40 NEW BOOKS

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? ABOUT 50.

  182. Francesca Hawley said:

    1. Generally, I prefer hard copy cause I like the hands on aspect, but I’ve also downloaded books to my computer and enjoy reading those as well. It depends what I’m in the mood for.

    2. Unless I put myself under severe restraint I almost always find a second book to buy. Sometimes it’s for research sometimes for fun.

    3&4. I pick up a book based on the cover, but the decider for purchase is usually the back cover blurb. I might dip into the first few pages too, but if the back cover blurb doesn’t get me, the store doesn’t get my money.

    5. I have looked at a book based on references from friends and family but it’s the book itself that decides me, regardless of what someone else tells me. Each and every reader is different so what one likes another will hate.

    6. Not yet, but I’ve written some down to look at from here.

    7. For fun – probably between 10-20 books. For research it’s at least that many too.

    8. I probably check out 50 or more – but I also work in a library so I look at a LOT more than that to see if something will interest me.

  183. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes, but then again I hardly ever go into a bookstore with a particular book in mind.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No. An intriguing cover will make me pick up the book and read the flap of the dust jacket, but that’s about it.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). No.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? No.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) No.

    How many books do you buy in a year? Way too many. 🙁 I spent over $150 this past weekend on books, and most of them were used.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Ah, I used to check out the maximum number per week (about 30) when I lived in CA. I hate the NY library system, plus it’s inconvenient for me in terms of travel, so I hardly check out any books now.

  184. Kathleen said:

    Wow! 189 Comments! Or maybe this happens a lot, I’m just not usually two days behind on blog reading. Oh well.

    I still can’t resist giving my answers to the poll, in case anyone’s still interested.

    1- Not that I can remember, due to budget reasons. I’m a VERY frugal book-buyer.

    2- No. Cover will draw my eye to read the back cover or make me pass without a second thought.

    3- No. After the cover, the back copy can make me pass, or make me open it up and sample the story. Only if the storytelling and the story line (based on the back copy) appeal to me, do I buy it.

    4- Not that I can think of, but I’ll have the library get a book in for me based on a recommendation. Then, if I love it, I’ll go buy it to read again.

    5- Well… I would have bought Private Arrangements, except I won a copy from Dear Author. I fully intend on getting my hands on Delicious one way or another.

    6- Maybe 10 or so?

    7- Maybe 40 or so?

    In general, I use the library to check out new authors that I’m interested in. I actually buy only books that are either from my auto-buy authors, or are the “keeper shelf” kind of books that I’ll read over and over again (once I’ve tried them from the library or a friend and fallen in love with them). I just don’t have the bookshelf space or the money to buy books that I’ll only read once. (My “keeper shelf” currently holds 500+ books, all of which I read every other year, on average, which is why I don’t read new books as often as some. I’m too busy re-reading my favorite!)

  185. Kiki said:

    1 – hard copy, mainly because I don’t own an e-reader (yet…)

    2 – All the time! I can’t remember the last time I bought only a single book…

    3 – I’d like to say no, but it’s the cover that makes me pick up the book in the first place and read the blurb.

    4 – That’s how I find almost all of my new books that I didn’t see mentioned somewhere else already.

    5 – Very rarely, but I often buy from blog recommendations

    6 – Don’t remember. >_
    7 – About 1 a week on average, so 50+ (gah!)

    8 – 100+, easily

  186. Anonymous said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy. Hands down. Nothing like holding a new book in your hands and smelling crisp paper.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes, all the time. Usually it’s something I never would go searching for, but which caught my fancy and seemed interesting to read.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Yes. Several times. I usually choose paperbacks to minimize the damage it the book turns out to be rotten.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy?

    Yes. If it’s interesting, I’ll bite.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Rarely. I usually go get those at the library. Too many people have bad taste. lol

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Nope. Sorry. I’m new here.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    Let’s see, On Amazon alone since this September I’ve bought about 700.00-800.00 worth of books. That doesn’t include what I’ve bought at Borders and Barnes & Nobles (maybe another 200.00) and what I buy to support my favorite writers, like Koontz,D. Preston, Lincoln Child, etc….

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    I average about 12-15 every three weeks.

    I’ve got 13 stacked next to the bed right now. Only got through three though.

    Ravenne

  187. Anonymous said:

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? ALWAYS

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? YES if you mean the whole cover. Cover art alone, no, though I’ve picked up lots of books to look at further because of the cover art.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). YES

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? YES

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) First visit here, doesn’t count.

    How many books do you buy in a year? A bunch. More if I had more money and more time to read them.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? None. I decided I’d rather buy books than pay overdue fines.

  188. Elise said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy (I don’t have a Kindle, so its kinda my only realistic option)

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? YES

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? YES

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Of Course, that to me (next to the first page) is a hige reason to buy a book.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Somtimes, what I like to read is different from my friends, Family though.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Yes – If I told you I love you…. and others, I adore Blog book recommendations, especially yours. Always interesting finds! 🙂

    How many books do you buy in a year? A lot, I probably buy atleast 10 a year….

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? dozens, my mom is a children’s librarian and I help her pick books for her YA/Adult collectons. I get to read them first and then they get added to the collection. I read 90% of my books this way!

  189. Erin said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Yes

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Yes

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    Yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Yes

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    Yes — Gallagher Girls

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    A LOT! Probably between 25 and 50, depending on the year.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Not that many. When they are my favorite authors, I have to have a copy of my collection.

  190. Alisa said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?:
    –I prefer hard copies. I don’t like the idea of downloading a story because of the chances of it being deleted or wiped out on the computer, and there’s also the fact that computers can run out of juice, whereas you can take a hard copy anywhere to read.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?:
    –Unfortunately for my wallet, I usually do. I think I might enjoy the actual hunt for books rather than reading them (although I enjoy that, too!).

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?:
    –I used to, but not so much anymore, although I admit that if I’m merely browsing, I always pick up books because I like the cover, and if I happen to like what the back cover says as well, then I buy it.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).:
    –Yes. 😀

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?:
    –I don’t usually, because I don’t have many friends or family members that read as much as I do, but if someone recommends something and I like the sound of it, I’ll go pick it up. (Twilight was a recommendation, actually.)

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!):
    –I’m fairly new to your blog, so no, but I did consider buying “I’d Tell You But Then I’d Have To Kill You” when I found out you were involved in it.

    How many books do you buy in a year?:
    –Way too many to count. I buy a lot.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?:
    –Not so many. Maybe two or three. I like to collect the books I read, I like picking them up again some time later and re-reading them. I usually get something new from books every time I read through.

    I hope I wasn’t too late to be considered in the poll!

  191. ALK said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?

    Definitely hardcopy as it’s infinitely more portable and much easier to read in bed although in theory (and in some practice) I’m not against reading electronic text. I frequently read public domain texts available on the internet.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?

    Oh yes. Sometimes it’s a copy of something I’ve always wanted to own or am currently collecting if it’s a series, sometimes it’s something I’ve always meant to read, but most of the time it ends up being something in the same genre of the other book I’m getting just because that’s where I’m getting my browse on.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?

    Yes, I’m a visual person (being a graphic designer) and I’ve been known to reject a book until it gets a new/prettier/better designed cover. I definitely judge books by their covers and am far less likely to pick up a new author if their series/book has crappy book covers.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).

    No, more that I’ve started reading a book because of the back copy or gone and gotten a second opinion from a friend or online because of back copy. I usually read the first chapter/section of a book at the store before I buy because I speed. I would say back copy is usually the second thing that interests me after the book cover. If the book cover’s cool or exciting, I’ll flip the book over and read the back copy. If that gets me excited, I’m probably buying it or putting it on a to read list.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation?

    Hum. Okay, probably about half because usually in my family we pass around books we like. So I don’t necessarily go out and buy the book but almost everything most people recommended to me I read.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)

    I haven’t had the chance to yet! I haven’t been reading long and some things I’ve already read that you have mentioned but I’m sure I will. I’m a sucker for recs.

    How many books do you buy in a year?

    A lot. Probably somewhere between 20 and 50 books depending on if I’m collecting a series or not. Since I read a lot of science fiction, I tend to read series without buying them until the series is finished so I don’t end up with four books of a series I end up hating.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?

    Lots. With a library about six short easy blocks from my house and a book intake rate of about a book every two to three days, I’m practically a permanent fixture.

  192. SherylAdairVv said:

    1. Books – Hard copy, pages to turn
    2. Almost always. It’s against the law to leave the bookstore with only one book.
    3. and 4.
    I have often picked up a book I never intended to buy due to cover art. But, then I read the first page, often the back cover and then decide.
    5. Actually, not too often.
    6. New reader, so no.
    7. Not as many as I would like to buy. I’m probably down to six a year.
    8. 50 to 100

  193. Ellee Twombly said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Yes and a third and a fourth

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? The cover makes me pick up…then i will read the back and/or the first page.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes many

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Rare. I read so much I am the one giving recommendations

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) first time here so … no

    How many books do you buy in a year? best guess…30 or more. I can read a 400 page book in a week and I have a book going at all times…sometimes several books at a time if none of them are compelling.

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? None

  194. Christine Carey said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? – hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? – usually

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? – rarely, but yes

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). yes

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? – yes, very often

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) yes – most recent was “Private Arrangements” – am enjoying so far =)

    How many books do you buy in a year? at least 30

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? less than 5

  195. Scheherazade said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? hard copy

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? about 60% of the time

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? not anymore – I think I have once or twice and been very much let down.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). Yes, much more often. If the hook hooks me, why not?

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Yes, often.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) Nope, haven’t been reading for very long.

    How many books do you buy in a year? 20-30

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? Over 100, though I don’t end up reading them all.

  196. Christine C. said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? – I read both.

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title?- I always buy more than I came for.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone?-never

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask).-I always read the back cover first. If I like it, I read the first few pages. If it grabs me, I buy the book.

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? -I probably shouldn’t admit this. My sister, mother, great aunt, and I share books.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!)-I just discovered the blog, so that answer is not yet.

    How many books do you buy in a year?-I’ve never thought to count. 25?

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year? I probably check out about 50 a year.

  197. Dave said:

    Do you prefer hard copy or electronic? Hard

    When going into a store to buy a book, have you then bought a second title? Many times. It helps if the first book is in a 3 for 2 or buy one get one half price offer.

    Have you bought a book based on the cover alone? No, but I might pick it up and go to the next question.

    Have you ever bought a book based on the back cover copy? (what the heck, let’s ask). ALWAYS

    How often have you bought a book based on a friend or family member’s recommendation? Not very often.

    Have you ever bought a book because I mentioned it on this blog? If so, which book(s). (oh boy!) No

    How many books do you buy in a year? 20-30

    How many books do you check out from the library in a year?
    20-30

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