As a group of writers, we here at Fiction Flurry are always interested in what attracts readers to books. If you read a book that's outside your favorite genre, what makes you select that book? How do you go about picking your next read from the genre you like best?
For me, I'm first drawn to new works of authors whom I've already read. I just purchased a hardcover, full priced Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks because she's one of my favorite authors. I have a Nook e-reader and could have purchased the e-book for half the price, but since Brooks is tops on my list, I splurged.
Next in my hierarchy of book-purchasing selection criteria is genre: historical fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction. If I'm not familiar with the author, the cover better draw me in. When I purchase an e-book, I've usually seen it in the bookstore first. Otherwise, a recommendation from a friend who has similar taste in books usually is a good way to go. When I'm in the mood to buy a book, I go to Good Reads to see what my friends recommend.
I would like to purchase more books by self published authors on my Nook. What's the best way that you've found to search for titles by self published authors? What kind of luck have you had with the quality of self published books that you've purchased?
We'd love to hear from you about your book selection process. What websites to you use to help search for the next perfect book? What attracts you to a book?