Friday, January 27, 2012
Who Influences You?
The problem we've encountered is the same one we would have if we were choosing to go to a movie house. Which movies should we see? There have been so many instances when critics have said a movie was "must see," yet I've known after fifteen minutes that my money has been wasted. On the other hand, we've absolutely loved some movies that critics roundly panned. Recommendations from friends and family? Same thing. The fact is that tastes differ.
Of course, this isn't just true of movies. It holds true of plays, music, books, clothes, and so many other things. We make choices based on our personal preferences, but those are influenced by others. And that brings me to the question of the day: who influences you in choosing a book? What makes you pick a book off the shelf at your favorite local bookstore and shell out your money for it at the cash register? If your tastes run to ebooks, what influences you to click that button that costs you anything from a small amount to a significant one to purchase the book? Do recommendations from others help, or do you prefer to make up your own mind?
Bring it on. I'd like to hear what you have to say on the subject. Thanks for participating.
Previews of coming attractions: Next week I'll have an interview with fellow author Mark Young, who has self-published two books, followed by a guest post in which Mark explains why he chose the self-publishing route.
The week after that, I'll review the latest book from New York Times best-selling author of medical suspense, Michael Palmer, and share an interview. Hope you'll come back for it all.