SURVEY: How Do You Choose What Book to Buy Next?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Word-of-mouth, reviews, social media recommendations . . . what works for you?

By Edward Nawotka


“Book discovery” is a buzzword that you’ve likely heard bandied about the blogosphere and world wide web in the past year. The concept is that readers, overwhelmed with choice, need tools that will help them choose the next best book to read. The field of discovery is itself evolving, with sites like Small Demons (as discussed in today’s feature story) and BookLamp, promising increasingly sophisticated associative algorithms and methodologies to assist you. That said, many of us still relay on word-of-mouth, friends, and even reviews to help us pick what book book to buy.

Take our survey below and tell us how you find new books.

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.