Being that I am most likely going to be self publishing some of my work, I’m curious as to what draws a reader to a specific ebook.
Is it recommendations from others? Flipping through Goodreads or posts by book bloggers? Personally, recommendations hold a lot of weight for me. Especially when I know the person enjoys similar books as I do.
How much do the covers fit into your decision? When I browse in a store, it’s definitely the jacket/cover that catch my eye and make me want to pick it up. With cover images for ebooks being a thumbnail, they definitely don’t catch my attention as much. If I do click on it and find that the cover art is obviously not professional, I admit it could turn me off. (yeah yeah I know, don’t judge a book by its cover)
What about price? With so many people self publishing these days, there are tons of books out there ranging between $0.99 cents and $3.99. Are you willing to take a chance on those more unknown authors because of the cost or do you see $0.99 cents and automatically think “Oh…self published, I bet it hasn’t been edited and isn’t any good”? Be honest now. I won’t get mad. I’m just honestly curious as to what goes through people’s heads. Since we’re being honest, I’ll say that the $0.99 cent ones will give me pause, especially if there are no reviews accompanying it. If the synopsis is intriguing enough, I’ll pick it up. After all, even though I’ve gotten some “bad” books for a buck, I haven’t gotten anything totally awful and it helps me look for things not to do in my own work.
Is it the self promotion that piques your interest? Reading an excerpt on a blog or seeing the author tweet about it? Does it annoy you to see someone tweet constantly about their books for sale? How much is too much? If the author is running contests for a free copy or swag, will that prompt you to check it out even if you don’t win?
So faithful readers and fellow writers, educate me. What makes you stop and hit that 1-click button or whatever you use to purchase your ebooks? Have I missed something here? What will draw you to my work when it’s available?