Thursday, January 10, 2008

What's the last book you bought, and why?

Over at David Montgomery's blog, he has posted some interesting snippets of a discussion about book marketing and publicity from the ITW discussion boards. I'm not going to add to the thoughts posted, but veer off to the side a little bit.

Since the goal of marketing and/or publicizing a book is to sell copies, I'd like to pose a question: What is the last book you purchased, and why did you buy it? 

Was it an ad? A recommendation from a friend? A good review? Great cover? Something totally different?

To kick things off, the last book I bought was Alison Gaylin's HIDE YOUR EYES. I bought it because I'd recently seen Alison take part in the HELL OF A WOMAN signing at Partners in Crime, and knew that HYE had been nominated for an Edgar. Her new novel TRASHED got strong reviews, so I decided to start with her first. Those factors convinced me to pick up a copy.

What about you?

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Blogger Joe said...

Last weekend I picked up Paul Malmot's THE CHINATOWN DEATH CLOUD PERIL at Borders in Tulsa, almost exclusively because of its vintage pulp cover -- and so far, it's paid off hugely. How can you beat a Depression era thriller with a hot-headed young L. Ron Hubbard as one of the main characters?

10:37 AM  
Blogger pattinase (abbott) said...

Sideswipe by Charles Willeford. After reading the first two Hoke Mosley's had to read the third.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Alison Kent said...

Hide Your Eyes was the first book I read this year. Loved it!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Dave White said...

Half the blood of Brooklyn... huge from of Charlie Huston... and had a B&N Gift Card.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Bobby Mangahas said...

I just bought Patricia Highsmith's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. Loved the movie too, but I lost my old copy of the book and needed another one.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Karen Olson said...

LAST NIGHT AT THE LOBSTER by Stewart O'Nan. A simply breathtaking snapshot of the last night at a Red Lobster that's closing in New Britain, CT. I'd seen reviews and was intrigued by it. Rich characters, beautiful writing, a slow, quiet story that is just as compelling as any shoot-em-up action thriller.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Chris Redding said...

Hell for the Holidays by Chris Grabenstein.
He was doing a signing at my local BN. My goal in going was 2-fold. Meet Chris and network with the librarian who set up the signing because I'm doing an event at his library in May. Wanted to meet him face to face.
Glad I did since the librarian is very supportive of local authors.
And he bought and read my book!

6:50 AM  
Blogger Bethany said...

The last book I bought was JA Konrath's Whiskey Sour. I found an article he wrote for Backspace, liked his voice, checked out his website, liked that too, and bought the book. It's a very good read.

Admittedly, the silliest reason I ever bought a book was because of the protagonist's name: Henry Parker. I love the name Henry. And the book, by a certain lit. hero of mine, is amazing! I think we all know who I mean... :)

9:05 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Last weekend I picked up Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski at a local store Pages For All Ages. Had a great reviews from Stephen King. So far, I have absolutely love it.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Kaleb Nation said...

The last book I bought was the first Leven Thumps, because he snared by with the first few pages and had an awesome cover.

9:52 PM  

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