Phew, last week’s poll on audio books resulted in a record number of comments. It’s clear from the reactions and the votes that people have completely different opinions on audio books. It seems to be a classic case of love ’em or hate ’em.
Almost half of all respondents never listen to audio books at all…but more than 16% listens more than 25 hours a week. Check out the rest of the results below.
This week we’re talking about what the most likely reason for you to pick up a book from a new to you author. What would persuade you the most? Vote below!
Ulrika Lund says
If it’s discounted I’ll probably buy it, even if I never thought about buying it before.
It’s a great way to try a new author, I agree. Especially free books.
Francina Alley says
Honestly for me it’s more about the blurb and description of the book than anything. That being said a recommendation in one of the groups I’m in would be what got me to look at it in the first place.
I agree that the blurb ultimately sells the book…or not.
Hello Nora 😊
For me, the blurb gives a good idea and if its sounds Interesting, I’ll buy it or KU.
Love trying new authors because you may discover a true diamond 💎! I like recommandations also. I find free books are a nice way too but I often verify if there is KU books available, if its a serie and if so, prices of said books because sometimes its real expensive.( I’d say 8$ and more). Voilà 😉🌷❤🌈
Mostly the blurb, but also recommendation
I’ve actually discovered a lot of new-to-me authors through your newsletter and other author’s newsletters!
Ditto! Recommendations from Nora and other authors I love will get me to check it out and the blurb, cover, and a quick perusal of the reviews will usually decide whether I read or buy or add to my ridiculously long to-be-read list.
That makes me very happy!
I won’t/ don’t need to look for new authors. I only find them through recommendations (Facebook group or another author). Since I pay for KU, I rarely buy books unless they’re from a favorite author.
A recommendation that says why they looked it so much, that fits what I’m in the mood for. I read a new to me author the last two days because of a mm group recommendation and I loved it. (Kelly Fox if anyone is interested). The blurb and cover make a difference but they don’t always hit the real reasons I’ll buy a book.
I’m still dipping my feet into reading e-books, so price (coupled with the blurb) is currently the major deciding factor. With audio books, trying new authors is largely driven by narrator choice (those sample audio clips can be invaluable!) but there, too, discounted/free audio codes is a welcome enticement.
I also subscribe to several author e-newsletters and make note of their book recommendations.
Quwinntessa Starber says
New to me, when authors band together to write books with the same hook. Snowed in, a particular dating app, etc. It gives a level playing field on a general topic. Then I look for stories that check my boxes. I’ve tried, and rejected a lot of new authors this way, but also found some forever gems that are instabuys. However the deciding factor for me is that they have to be on KU, if not, I skip. I read 200+ books a year, so if it’s not KU I likely won’t try a new author.
I like books suggested at the end of the book I’m reading, sometimes it’s authors I’ve not read before and also recommendations from newsletters
My choices are not on the poll.
1. The book’s blurb
2. Goodreads reviews and ratings by some of those I follow
3. Length of book
4. Sometimes, if it looks interesting enough, I just take the chance
The blurb is a big one for me. If it sounds potentially interesting but I don’t want to commit just yet/don’t have the time to try it and don’t want to forget about it, I’ll send the sample to my Kindle app for me to check it out later.
That said, a lot of the new-to-me authors I’ve been reading lately have been Amazon recommendations or FB reader group recs. I’ve also recently started listening to more audiobooks thanks to Joel Leslie, so some authors have been discovered (or re-discovered, in one case) by searching for books he’s narrated.
Discounted or free is usually my go to for a new author, but the blurb has to catch my interest as well. If the blurb isn’t interesting or doesn’t make me want to squee with excitement, then I usually won’t get it, even if it’s free. I will also look at any reviews the book has received.
I agree. I list free books every week, but I don’t get all of them. Not even close. A book has to speak to me through the cover and the blurb, or I don’t want it, not even if it’s free.
Mary Cairns says
I have also bought several books after seeing them talked about on Twitter by mutuals.
Jennie Reads says
The blurb is definitely important. I’ll look at a new book that’s recommended but if the blurb doesn’t appeal I won’t one click.
All of these reasons will put a book on my radar but an awesome blurb will deal the deal. Extra points for a scrumptious cover!
Michaela Meyer says
1.: I know the author and it`s a new book
2.: Your weekly deals
3.: Recommendation from book-blogs