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 Rob Flumignan said...

I bought two books last trip to the bookstore. One was the paperback of Michael Connelly's latest, THE OVERLOOK. I bought that one because I've read everything by Connelly and he's an automatic read for me.

The other book was AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman. I've been meaning to read Gaiman for a long time now, and I've heard some good things about this book, and the premise sounds really cool.

10:40 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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