A matter of discovery
There's a lot of discussion about promoting your work and how readers find your books.
Mark Coker, over at his Smashwords blog
, has posted the results of his survey on Mobilread
distilling the argument to one profound question: What is your single most common method of book discovery?
Visit Coker's blog to get a detailed explanation of the pie chart. The number one reason (recommendations from fellow readers at online venues--29%) needs a qualifier as the survey was posted on an internet site, we could say it was a self-selecting audience. Jeanne posted a similar chart back in January
, and since it was about brick-and-mortar bookstores, no big surprise that bookstore recommendations registered a big chunk at 30%. That chart didn't mention--as does Coker's--of readers on the watch for work by their favorite authors or the influence of book covers.
All this back-and-forth made me look at my current TBR and ask why those books are on my list:
The paper copy list:
A River Runs Through It
, by Norman MacClean-- friend recommendation.
, by Iceberg Slim-- friend recommendation.
, by Robert Crais-- favorite author.
To Say Nothing of the Dog
, by Connie Willis-- friend recommendation.
, by Connie Willis-- bookstore browsing (and I was looking for something by this author).
, by Lisa Valdez-- bookstore browsing (and I was looking for something by this author).
Consent To Kill
, by Vince Flynn-- bookstore browsing (and I was looking for something by this author).
, by Nigel Allsopp-- bookstore browsing.
, by Gary Jonas-- bought at the author's signing.
, by James K Burk-- gift from the author.
On my Kindle:
Thread of Hope
, by Jeff Shelby-- I was looking for something by this author.
Long Hard Ride
, by Lorelei James-- bookstore browsing (and I was looking for something by this author).
, by Beth Groundwater-- bookstore browsing (and I was looking for something by this author).
The Frog Prince
, by Elle Lothlorien-- I was looking for something by this author.
Fourteen books total. Not a huge stack. Crunching the numbers.
50% looking for something by this author (influenced by book description and reviews).
21% friend recommendation.
The rest of the reasons are 7% each.
Hmmm...nothing about the affect of covers. I will say that
I've avoided certain books because the covers turned me off, figuring amateurish cover equaled amateurish prose.
How do you choose books for you TBR pile?
Labels: Connie Willis, Iceberg Slim, Mark Coker, Smashwords