Does Social Media Influence Your Book Buying Habits?

I’m currently reading a Sci-Fi Romance called Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne. It occurred to me today that I can’t remember the last Science Fiction book I read. I love watching Sci-Fi TV shows and movies, but I tend to read more mystery, fantasy and paranormal books. Since many books blur the lines between genres I don’t tend to pay a lot of attention on what genre a book is. In fact, my book buying habits are often not about the book at all.

Many of my recent book choices have come from authors I interact with online. In some cases I knew nothing about the book I decided to read. I purchase books to support authors who take the time to connect with others through social media. As a result I’ve read some amazing books in genres I may have missed out on if not for the author’s efforts to connect with their readers.

Has social media influenced your book buying habits? How do you choose what book to read?

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Posted on July 15, 2011, in Books, Random thoughts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I read to entertain myself, and what entertains me are thrillers and mystery books, and that includes scifi and crime stories. I’m not influenced by the media at all.

  2. I’ve read almost all of Tom Clancy’s books, Robert Ludlum, John Grisham, James Patterson, Patricia Corwell, and so many others. Believe it or not, I love to read books on politics. It’s fascinating to know what goes on in Washington.

    • I love James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series. They are always good for a quick read. I’m not as into the political thrillers unless it is judicial based.

  3. I am influenced in part by people that I meet through my book blog, mostly because in talking to people and reading their blogs, I get an idea of whether people like the same types of books as me or not. I like fantasy and sci-fi, but it has to be well-written, and most of what’s out there isn’t. Generally though, I buy used books, and am influenced most by what books are available at the library book shop at any given time.

  4. I’d say 95% of the books I buy now are ones I hear about on Twitter and ones by authors I’m “friends with” on Twitter.

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