Monday, March 09, 2009

Musing Mondays

What is your policy when it comes to new authors? Do you feel comfortable purchasing a book or do you prefer to borrow new authors from the library? How often do you 'try out' a new author?

If at all possible, I like to check out a book from the library before purchasing my own copy. I will relax this rule if the author is recommended by a source I trust, usually another author or reviewer that I like. For nonfiction books, I will also purchase books without previewing them as library books if I have heard or seen the author give a lecture that I enjoyed. For example, I bought Niall Ferguson's books the The World At War and The Ascent of Money based on some of his lectures I viewed.

3 comments:

Jenners said...

I agree that hearing an author speak would incite me to buy their books -- though what if they are a better speaker than writer?

I'm a little more reckless with trying new books --I'll buy based on a cover alone!

Yvonne said...

It's always nice to get a recommendation about an author you aren't familiar with, but I've splurged and bought authors I've never read before. I love trying new ones.

BooksPlease said...

I like to know a bit about a book - fiction or non-fiction before I buy it, so I check the back cover and book jacket for information and read a bit inside too if I'm in a bookshop (or library) and I read about a book online if buying from Amazon or some other online bookseller. If I know I like the author I'll buy book just on the title alone.