If you're a self-published or independent/small press published author, you've probably read many blog posts about what makes a reader choose to buy a book. Is it the eye-catching cover? The favourite genre? The catchy blurb? The price? The reviews? Of course, it's a combination of some or all of those elements. Before any of them, though, comes the greatest problem of all:
As well as being a writer, I am an avid reader. I read 99% of books on the Kindle app on my tablet, and download between 1 and 10 a week. I read, or start to read, between 6 and 15 books a month. I'm sure you've seen all those graphs showing how most readers discover the books they buy, so I thought I'd do an assessment of the around 300 books I've reviewed on my book blog. The categories differ slightly from those you see on standard graphs, but I think the results will be interesting for writers and book bloggers to see how an average Kindle user makes her choices ~ particularly for those writers who don't buy Kindle books themselves, but hope to sell their own.
(incidentally, I've since bought and reviewed all of this author's work)
Sometimes the categories merge, for instance, when I choose a book from Rosie's review team list that I would have bought anyway. And do bear in mind that I don't use Facebook much, and when I do it's mostly in a non-book/writing fashion. It's worth noting, too, that I am about 50% more likely to download a book if it is available on Kindle Unlimited.