I’ve read many blogs on WordPress regarding increasing our book sales. Apparently we all need to have a great cover to start with. However, I beg to differ, as I’m of the opinion that what is printed in-between the front and back covers is more important. So here is my list of things I look for when buying a book. They are in no particular order, just as I think of them:
1. My favourite genres:
I will seek out autobiographies, biographies, psychological suspense, women’s fiction dramas, or novels with a dry wit.
I am usually drawn to those books which have higher ratings.
3. An interesting blurb that makes me want to read more:
This will cause me to download a free sample. If I like what I read I will go on to buy the book.
4. Good reviews:
Yes I do read a book’s reviews, and nowadays hopefully they are genuine.
5. The price:
I will pay up to £2.99 for an e-book if it takes my fancy. Anything more than this…no. I don’t often buy paperbacks these days as I prefer my Kindle.
6. Book length:
I am definitely put off by anything more than about 250 pages.
7. Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation:
I think this is really important. Any they’re/there/their and your/you’re mistakes is a real turn off for starters, let alone spelling howlers and lack of punctuation.
8. Formatted professionally for Kindle:
I am in the process of getting all my books professionally formatted. I like to read a professionally formatted book, and therefore I would like my own readers to have the same experience.
9. Books in my genre that have been recommended to me:
Yes I do take note of those recommendations that Amazon send by email. Strangely enough they are always just the kind of book I’m looking for! I have bought many books this way.
10. A book that is available for purchase on Kindle Unlimited:
I pay a monthly fee in order to be able to obtain a certain number of books on Kindle Unlimited. Therefore I am more likely to buy a book sporting the Kindle Unlimited logo.
As you can see, a cover doesn’t feature on my list at all. It can be a brown paper cover for all I care – it’s what’s inside that’s important!
What do you look for when buying a book?