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Old 07-05-2011, 07:05 AM   #1
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:32 AM   #2
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:14 AM   #3
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:15 AM   #4
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for this thread. It reminded me that I read a book review in New Scientist earlier today and had decided to see if the book was available on Kindle. It was! So now I have it and that is one of my main ways of buying a book.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:47 AM   #6
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:57 PM   #7
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:38 PM   #8
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Before I buy a book?

1) genre/cover art
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:04 PM   #9
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if i'm buying a book i USUALLY know all about it beforehand. i like to know where a book is set if fiction before i buy and where the writer is from.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:07 PM   #10
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Genre, cover, title. That's what will caught the eye. And eventually lead to reading what the book is about.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:10 PM   #11
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In a physical book, genre, cover, back cover blurbs.

This is instructive, since my eBooks don't really address the back cover blurb question. Time to rethink that one.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:54 PM   #12
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:24 PM   #13
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ah for traditional it's author, cover, title.

ebook i know what i'm getting into. don't browse around.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:34 PM   #14
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Then if I want to read it, I will either buy it or reserve it at the library.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:19 PM   #15
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Genre

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recommendations (I wouldn't buy solely on a recommendation without looking up the book, but would possibly borrow from library )MR recommendations are generally good.

Series I enjoy, even if the series is going downhill or getting a smidge boring, I will give it another try. Books are a bit like food. Eat the same thing every night and it gets boring, but give it a rest for a while and it is every bit as good as it was at the beginning.

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