Where I work, there is a daily poll of employees that asks all sorts of random questions. One came up recently that caught my eye – it was asking what made us buy a book. I voted, of course, and was able to see the total results shortly after. I watched the tallies during the day and took a snapshot at the end of the day (below).

If you exclude the last comment, the order seems to be:

1. Favorite author

2. Friend recommendation

3. On-Line reviews

4. Media buzz

5. Cover

So what about you? How do you find the next book you want to read?

survey copy

One thought on “How do you pick new books to read?

  1. I usually have a stockpile (in the hundreds) of unread books and I just pick whatever strikes my fancy, unless I have to get a review done, in which case I pick according to what needs reviewing.

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