Shop Talk: The Survey Says….

It’s Wednesday, so it must be time for Shop Talk! Join the discussion for a chance to win a $10 gift card to your online retailer of choice (or equivalent book from Book Depository outside the US).

Today, I’m just curious to see if you agree with the results of a reader survey that was done by author Marie Force, a more lengthy description of which can be found on her website.

Basically, throughout the month of June, almost 3,000 readers responded to an online survey of 44 questions, from which the following results were taken:
–Readers prefer ebooks to paperbacks, but not overwhelmingly—77 vs. 52 percent. I wonder, however, given that this was an online survey, if that skewed the results to readers who are already more techno-minded than your average bear? If so, the actual number might be more like 50-50. I still prefer print in theory, but I will often find myself gravitating toward a digital book because with its backlit screen on my reader and the adjustable type size, it’s just easier to read. If I like it a lot, then I’ll buy it in print or put it on my keeper shelf.
–Nearly 80 percent bought from Amazon (Barnes and Noble and the iBookstore were eating their dust). That doesn’t surprise me. It’s easy. The selection and prices are good. Customer service is responsive. About 58 percent hadn’t patronized a physical bookstore more than once in the last year if at all. Also doesn’t surprise me.
–Eighty-one percent of the readers listed romance as their favorite genre. That’s huge, but also not surprising given the authors who ran links to the survey wrote romance. Although I wonder how “romance” is defined. The Sentinels series has a lot of romantic elements to it even though I wouldn’t categorize it as romance. In the romance category, contemporary led the subgenre, followed by historical. Also not surprising, as contemps are hot right now. Also, the authors who participated in running links to the survey tended to write in those genres. I haven’t looked to see where paranormal fell in there, but the industry feeling is that its star is falling fast, largely because the small publishers and indie authors have been churning them out by the bucketload.
–Most readers don’t care what publisher puts a book out, but are not very likely to buy a self-published book by an unknown author. That’s where I fit as well. I have nothing against self-pubbed books at all…IF the book has been edited. I’ve tried to read way too many that haven’t been. Stuff slips through, even with a book that goes through multiple rounds of edits, but if I find six grammatical errors in the first few pages, I am not likely to go on.
–Biggest way readers learn about books? No clear winner here: Facebook, retail sites, Goodreads, etc. I seem to hear about books either via word of mouth—someone who knows my taste recommends it—or I get sucked in by a product description online. What about you?
–Most readers, if they are swayed by reviews, most trust the ones at retail sites like Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Not Goodreads. Not Publishers Weekly. Not RT or Kirkus. So when I beg you guys to post a review on Amazon, this is why—those things matter!
–Most readers don’t put a lot of weight to “New York Times Bestselling Author” or other designation before an author’s name.
–More readers follow favorite authors on Facebook than on Twitter. This also doesn’t surprise me given the way my Facebook page has picked up once I finally started paying attention to it, and Twitter kind of overwhelm me. I still haven’t quite figured out what readers would like to see on Facebook, though….Do you follow authors on Facebook? What do your favorites do?
–There was a big hate going on for first-person narratives. How do you feel about them? They’re actually quite difficult to write and somewhat limiting. If I had it to do over, I would probably not have written the Sentinels series in first person, but there’s some old saying about closing the barn door after the cow’s escaped that comes to mind! My Penton series is written in close third-person with multiple POVs, which I find versatile but challenging.
Anyway, there are a lot more interesting results if you follow the above link. Anything here you find surprising? Do you tend to agree or disagree with these findings? Let’s chat! As always, participating in Shop Talk puts you in the running for a $10 gift card to your retailer of choice.

41 thoughts on “Shop Talk: The Survey Says….

  1. I saw the results for this when Marie Force posted it and thought they were really interesting. I think you’re right that since it was an online survey that could have an effect on the number of readers choosing ebooks over print.

    I also think that the numbers of romance readers vs. mysteries or other genre fiction might be skewed because the survey was distributed by Marie Force and other romance writers. And I enjoy a little romance in my UF and mysteries, although I don’t need a HEA in them.

    I’m not a fan of 1st person POV, to be honest. I feel like a lot of YA and NA get away with that, and in YA I’m a little more willing to accept that because it can reflect a younger, less mature voice in a protagonist. But then I think about complex and wonderful YA books like The Witch of Blackbird Pond and the Hero and the Crown and think 1st person POV is a bit lazy, lol. (This is totally my preference, though, FWIW.)

    I’m not surprised by the physical bookstore comments, either, but I live in a rural area and my town has no bookstore. Hence my love of my kindle.

    • LOL, I know first-person POV looks lazy because if it’s done well it feels kind of effortless, but take my word for it that it is THE most difficult POV to write. Think about it: the reader cannot know anything the narrator doesn’t know, can’t see anything except through the narrator’s eyes. The POV character has to be in every single scene. One has to find a clever way of even describing the POV character because most of us don’t sit around thinking, “oh, I have have shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes.”

      I know a lot of people don’t like it and, as I said, if I had it to do over, I wouldn’t have written the Sentinels books in first-person. But it’s not so much because I don’t like it but because it’s so blasted hard to write and has so many limitations!

  2. I like follow author on facebook and what I most looking for ofcourse their book and giveaway, who don’t want a free book even when you already have so many book and even have not read all of them. But I know actually I feel a bit guilty with that when I saw the book I bought, won and from 100%, probably I only read about 30% from all of my books, but still I want book arghh..

    After I can read ebook via my mobile, I think I’m prefer ebook then book now and it’s adding my guilt even more :(. So I try to have ebook which I have a paperbook so I can read the ebook to reduce the guilt 🙂

    About review, what I know, most of friends like to write review on goodreads then amazon or b&n, the problem because we can’t write review on amazon if we have not an amazon’s customs and it’s not that we don’t want to be a customer over there, but the shipping cost is just ridicilous when we buy a book from amazon so alternative to write review is only goodreads.

    For POV, actually from the first time I read a different POV, I’m a bit confuse but now I more like different POV 🙂

    • Yes, that does make it difficult to do the Amazon reviews. I think they’re also trying to make sure the people who leave reviews actually either bought the book or reviewed it for another site (or says they received a copy in exchange for an unbiased review). There were a lot of authors, I think, getting friends and family members to leave positive reviews for them…I can’t even get friends and family members to READ my books, much less review them! LOL.

    • Hmm that is strange. I don’t buy Amazon books at all, but I do snatch some of the Kindle Freebies. But I can review any book I want to review on there.

  3. I tend to agree with the survey results. I no longer read reviews to help me decide if I want a book or not. I have a must buy / auto buy list of authors. I have a top 10 favorite authors list who’s books are pre-ordered. So reviews of these books only let me find out what others think of the series, and don’t influence my buying habits. I do make book buying decisions for new authors from reading about them on blog sites like Preternatura, which usually leads me to the authors website for more research. I miss the physical book stores though. Even the used book store in my town is closing, can’t resell e-books…

    • I miss bookstores too, Roger. I was trying to remember the last time I was in a physical bookstore other than to sign my own books. I live in a small town now and we have a ton of bookstores, but they focus on college textbooks and have little in terms of general fiction, much less genre fiction. We have a Books-a-Million that has a lot of “stuff” that isn’t books, but not a good selection on genre fiction…although they do seem to have my books 🙂

      Before the advent of Amazon, I used to LIVE in the Barnes and Noble and smaller indie bookstores in New Orleans, though.

  4. Well, I agree with some of the survey results. I prefer physical books to e-books. I just like to hold a book in my hands. I like Amazon,but I also enjoy browsing a real bookstore. I get reader recommandations from your blog, from Facebook, from various friends. I also get newsletters from my local city/county library and various publishers. I don’t really read self-published books. I love SF and Fantasy, mysteries (except the “cosy mysteries”) and historical fiction. Some romance, bios, some non-fiction. You just never know what will tickle my fancy 🙂

    • LOL, that sounds like me. I read a little bit of everything. Right now, I’m reading a contemporary romance by Jennifer Crusie, an author I’ve never read. I’m reading it because I’m teaching my plotting workshop in August to a group of contemp authors, so I reluctantly picked it up…and am thoroughly enjoying it. It has made me laugh aloud. My other current reads are a book on time management, and an account of deepwater diving off the coast of Nova Scotia. So….eclectic!

  5. My fave authors on Facebook let glimpses of their real life through. Nicole Peeler is awesome – she friends everybody and posts about her recent home purchase and teaching and working out…and she posts about her books. There’s a person there, who also happens to write books.
    Ann Rice plays it a little different – but then, she’s Ann Rice. She posts links to articles/videos that speak to her political views, and only rarely about her books. I suppose if you didn’t like her left-leaning, Catholic-suspicious philosophy, she might piss you off, but I think it’s interesting to know what she’s thinking about.
    I also like Jim Butcher, who’s gone on a tear lately posting some of HarryD’s best lines. Too funny. He has many many many to choose from.
    So there’s three different approaches by some pretty big names. The common denominator is that none of them make me feel like I’m reading advertisements for their work.

    • Ooh, I’ll have to go and find Jim Butcher. Love me some Harry Dresden!

      I’m still trying to figure out the Facebook thing, mostly in terms of time. WIth the Deadly Day Job, online time is really limited these days.

  6. No read surprises for me either (with two exceptions) – I do agree that the ebook preference is likely a bit skewed thanks to the technology aspect.

    The only thing that does surprise me is the POV hate. I’ve heard people complain about this every once in a while and it’s something I’ve never understood. I don’t have any real POV preferences – I have overall writing preferences 🙂 Good writing can make just about anything work in my opinion and I almost never notice POV while I’m reading (by notice I mean it never throws me off the reading at all). Weird.

    Re the reviews, I am a bit surprised that Amazon and BN reviews hold more sway than Goodreads. I’m not surprised that they hold more sway than RT, Kirkus, or PW mainly because unless you have a subscription you have to seek out the reviews and I’m sure most readers don’t (I read them but I work in the industry and used to subscribe to PW).

    • I definitely think the ebook preference was skewed, at least for the readers I know and who read this blog. When I do giveaways, about 99 percent of people ask for print. Maybe the contemporary or historical readers do prefer ebooks; not sure.

      The POV thing didn’t surprise me only because I had some blowback when my series first started by reviewers who don’t like first-person. Personally, if it’s well done, I tend to like it. It’s hard to write, though, so I have mad respect for writers who do it well.

    • I think that the fact that 99% of giveaway winners choose a physical book isn’t necessarily reflective of what people prefer to read.

      If someone is giving you a book for free then why not look at the pretty cover or be able to lend it friends and family.

      Ebooks are usually more affordable. And it’s easier to store them.

  7. I think that the preference for ebooks is skewed. I read both ebooks and print but I still read more print books since I use my towns library a lot. And it’s always busy.

    I use both Amazon and Goodreads reviews. I’ve found that checking both gives me a pretty good idea if I will like a book.

    • It’s funny on Amazon I read reviews of everything except fiction. I read reviews of nonfiction books I’m considering. I read reviews of vacuum cleaners and computer peripherals. I tend to base fiction almost exclusively on the author or the blurb.

  8. i think the result for ebook against print is a little biased ( and i do prefer print without a doubt)

    i check review on goodread more than amazon but i do try amazon too of course then it’s also quite evident the people who answered are US citizen because if it was international i think amazon would have dropped in teh resultys ( which would have been an interesting element to know) also international can’t get all teh ebooks or at exorbitant price so i don’t think it’s that popular either

    • I was surprised that people put more stock in Amazon/B&N reviews than Goodreads, frankly, because Goodreads is non-commercial (can anyone tell any difference since Amazon bought it? I can’t, but I don’t spend a lot of time there). As an author, I like to see them in all places, of course 🙂

  9. Interesting survey. I personally buy only ebooks now because I can then take a ton of books to my destination instead of one. I am on a self pub, indie kick because the stories are fresh and a lot cheaper then New York Times bestsellers. Amazon is a must shop with their prices, but I’m biased because I have a kindle. I’m sure some of these finding were skewed but overall very interesting.

    • I find I’m buying more on ebook for the space reason, too. And I just found a new app for my Kindle that lets me organize my books so I don’t have to scroll through 400 titles to find my reference books on diving, for example. It is nice when I travel to be able to take a variety of stuff with me and not load down the luggage.

  10. Some of it I agree with, some I don’t. I prefer print, I like to hold my books. I also like them on the shelf where they belong, but then I take the words Book Addict to a whole new level. Since I have gotten my Kindle I do have some on Kindle, but mostly the free ones I can get at Amazon. I don’t find the survey fair, because like you said you must have been run by authors I don’t read, I stick mainly to Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, some cowboy western but not many and erotica, but again mostly paranormal or by authors I know. I don’t care who published them as long as the subject is something I want to read and when I do read it, it has been edited. If I have never heard of the author, I usually get my local library to order it and if I like it then I add it to To Be Owned folder and when I find it, I get it. I don’t have a lot of money, so I have to look for my books used or on sale. And usually for birthdays and Christmas that’s all that’s on my list. I keep up with books coming out by going to Amazon and looking up paranormal romances or the urban fantasy and list by publication date and all books that have been listed to be coming out. I write them down if they are ones I want or to another list if I want to get them from the library, which by the way is how I discovered The Sentinels and found in love with them.
    I can tell you if the paranormal and urban fantasy genre is falling you could have fooled me. I went from having a few books to 3 walls full of books and a binder that I carry in my purse to keep up with all the authors and books that I want, with more added everyday. As for reviews, I have started writing them recently to help authors out, but before when I worked all the time, I didn’t take the time to look at them. I still don’t, I go by the synopsis. Not everyone’s going to like the same books. My whole family reads and while none are quite as insane as me. Some of the series that I read they read, while others they can’t stand. (which I don’t get most of the time.) As for the New York Times Bestseller Lists I love it if my author’s are on it, because I know that those books will continue for a while. But I don’t go by them, just like most movies that take all the awards, I can’t stand.
    Hope I have answered and not rambled.
    evamillien at gmail dot com

    • Great comments, Eva! I don’t think we’re seeing the falling paranormal at the marketplace level yet. Where it’s happening right now is that fewer agents are shopping paranormal titles to publishing houses because the publishing house acquisitions editors are tired of it and the sales figures are down. So in 12-18 months, by the time the current cycle of books being contracted finally hits the marketplace, we’re going to see a lot fewer paranormals. Of course the marketplace responds to trends faster these days now that so many publishing houses are digital-first or digital-only, which means the book-production schedule gets crunched up.

      It’s also hard to know without some serious research how much of the currently produced paranormals are being issued by at least midsize publishing houses and not by small publishers or self-pubbed by authors.

  11. Love this round-up! So much that riled me up though!!

    First thing, I’m going to bat for first person POV (and YA, based on a comment here, but I’m not bashing on Rebe at all !! Just that it touched upon a wider subject!! Please please don’t take this the wrong way, or personally Rebe). This is just my opinion: I absolutely LOVE first person POV. Because when it’s done well, it’s done so so well – you get to see the world from a character’s own mind, with their own voice and humor and emotional reactions and it can be the closest thing to a mind-meld out there. Lots of people think it’s lazy because it’s limiting, but the thing is, when you’re confined to that one person’s eyes, that’s when the writer has to put in 10000% more to channel someone else’s EVERYTHING. Tiny details that could be glossed over in 3rd, have to be infused with attitude and opinion and emotion. Need info introduced in the plot? It’s a hundred times harder in first person. And this is precisely why first person is my favorite – as I read I almost become the character, find things out with him or her. And I know lots of people associate first person POV with YA, but what about The Help? The author pulled it off awesomely. And I know people think the following: first person=YA=immature, but what about wonderful novels like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, and Something Like Normal by Trish Doller? They handle topics like cancer, abuse and PTSD – all serious, and it’s all YA. And I think first person would be the only way to really get the depth of emotion from those characters.

    About ebooks – I personally never buy them, because nothing compares to an actual book, but I’m wondering what happens in say ten years if all the technology changes. Will everything be compatible? Transferable? What if the next big ereader doesn’t accept books from a Nook say, or if there are rights disputes between platforms and you can’t buy certain books from certain ebook providers.

    And about where to find book recommendations and author info – I get most book recommendations from reviewing blogs. If I like the blogger, then their opinion really counts towards trying out a new author (self-published or not). And of course the authors’ websites or facebook accounts give me more information about their type of sense of humor, their opinions and what they’re passionate about. If they’re a debut author, that really provides insight into whether their writing would mesh with my own preferences – facebook and blog posts and website features offer readers a peek into who the author is, which helps me when taking a chance on a debut novel.

    Of course what happens when the author’s opinions etc. are completely different from my own, or other potential readers’ personal opinions on, say, politics, religion, the environment, animal rights, etc? I think social media can work both ways – drawing in potential readers but also alienating others, especially with hot-button topics like what I mentioned above. Facebook and twitter and videos are awesome, letting us readers get to know the author, but because some of the posts authors share are more personal or reflect an opinion that might not be popular, it might deter less open-minded readers. So really it’s back to whether the author as a person should even factor into a reader’s decision to buy a book. Honestly, if an author posted something against animals and animal rights,for instance, I really would think twice about buying their next book.

    Awesome discussion post!!

    • Ha! Riled up is good–that makes for interesting discussion!

      First-person is one of those things people either love or hate, seems like. You are on target about the difficulty of writing it. I enjoy it, because I love a challenge and I have fun being in DJ’s head, but it does put a lot of constraints on a story that I have to work around. My favorite POV to write is multiple-POV deep third, which is a book with more than two POV characters. My Penton books had from 4-6 per book. That has its own challenges, of course, because you have to balance out when the different POVs show up within the story.

      Ten years down the road? I have no idea what might happen. I know the publishing climate has changed dramatically from late 2009/early 2010 when I sold my first book. Authors are getting lower advances, which has driven them more toward self-publishing and small houses in an attempt to earn a living; there’s no or low money up front, but there’s more on the back end. The stigma dropped off self-publishing, although I see it growing back a little these days as so many authors self-publish who really aren’t ready in terms of having a polished manuscript. When I got my first Kindle I downloaded all kinds of freebies, most of which were self-published, and after getting burned a few times, instituted a new rule. Instead of passing a 50-page test, a self-pubbed book gets a one-chapter test. If I find enough grammatical errors, it’s off the Kindle. Harsh, I guess, but too many books/too little time.

  12. I can’t see that wide a margin on books and ebook s. I think like you said it would be closer to 50/50. Romance I think could lead but I wonder if suspense would be right there with it. I do find that paranormal wasn’t above historical strange. I know a lot of really popular PNR authors that have huge followings. I can understand people trusting sites like Amazon for reviews nice its more likely that those people bought the book were as Goodreads could be a little more skewed.

  13. It confirmed I’m once again the little piggy wrestling against the stream: I like print, don’t trust amazon reviews, don’t buy from amazon, like 1st person narrative…

    I feel lonely 😉

  14. I’m also in the pro first person POV. To me, there is much more immediacy and involvement on the part of the reader. I appreciate the skill of authors who create a compelling character and voice and who have to figure out how to convey descriptions and plot points through this one POV. Third person often feels very distancing by comparison.

  15. Actually, almost everything here sounds about right. Although, I will always prefer paperback even if its not as readily available as eBooks—it’s less strain on my eyes. Concerning the POV, well I think first person is alright when done in the right kind of way. Some first person POV’s lack the kind of detail that I notice are in ones containing third person. That being said, I think all kinds of POV’s are fine as long as I enjoy the book in the end.

  16. Its really true that amazon has better prices. I worked for Barnes and Noble and I still bought most of my books from amazon. I think alot of it though is because of the digital age. Most have the ereaders so they wont go into a bookstore. I have both twitter and facebook but I prefer facebook. Twitter is just so overwhelming and Im still confused by it.
    -Amber

  17. little surprised by the amazon purchase number, while I buy a bit from amazon myself, its only ebooks, paperback I get elsewhere & even ebooks I get from a variety of places. wonder how much that is because of high # of kindle users out there & as tablets become increasingly prevelant (that aren’t tied to a specific store) if that’ll change some — I know I enjoy reading on my tablet in part cause it’s easier to get books from other stores and read. I still like to stop in to a physical store to browse a little, though not as much as I use to.

    I don’t touch twitter, but do follow authors on facebook — like a peak into their lives, writing happenings, humor or other interests some as well. can loose my attention if “advertise” their books too much or get “preachy” on a cause of some sort. I don’t quite get twitter & it just seems like too much; keeping up w/ facebook & blogs are enough of a time suck as it is (even if an enjoyable one, can’t give up more reading time after all)

    I don’t enjoy with 1st person stories & generally avoid them so can definitely agree with that stat 🙂 I like to what’s going on in everyone’s heads — guess when I’m a nosy reader 🙂 I can also agree with the “who cares about the publisher” but “wary about self pub’d new authors” attitudes.

    It could be that people use the retailer for reviews since there’s no need to sign up. I take any reviews with a grain of salt but will rely on ones from trusted blogs or individuals more than general retail ones.

    overall interesting results. I suspect your right that some items are prob slightly skewed due to who put the survey out there & had links to it since it would be their fans/readers that were more likely to respond, but still interesting.

  18. I agree with most of it, except I still read more print books than e-books, but only by a small margin. I usually have one of each going at any given time. I do buy books from retailers (such as Target), but the majority are from Amazon and sometimes Barnes & Noble. Definitely read a lot of romance, although some fantasy and straight science fiction as well, but very seldom read contemporaries. I’m more partial to historical, paranormal, etc., including steampunk. I don’t pay that much attention to first person, third person, etc. As long as the story holds my attention and makes sense, I don’t care about that stuff. I agree with the self-published thing, I avoid it unless it’s an established author that I know will pay attention to editing and proofreading. There’s a lot of dreck out there and I don’t want to wade through it, no matter how good the actual story might be otherwise, it’s just not worth it. Why waste my time when there are so many good, professionally written stories out there waiting to be read.

  19. I buy print and ebooks. I am more willing to try an author unknown to me as an ebook usually because the price is cheaper. My favorite authors I buy in print and ebook! I don’t mind first person POV. As for social media, I don’t use Facebook or Twitter. I do follow a lot of author and book blogs. Sometimes, the reviews on those sites will lead me to a new author or book I really enjoyed. If I spend all my time checking Facebook and Twitter and the blogs and my email, I would never have time to read a book!

  20. I concur with almost all the points, except first person POV and where to look for reviews. I don’t have much experience with 2nd in novels, but between 3rd and 1st POVs I really don’t care so long as the perspective doesn’t change in 3rd without a clear break–I hate when in the middle of a page it’ll just swap around. It makes me stumble every time.

    As for the reviews, Goodreads is the ONLY place I really look! Sure some of the reviews there suck–but there are others that are extremely in depth and well thought out. But for me personally, when I’m looking for a book, I mainly stay on GR and only jump over to Amazon to download a sample of an eBook I’m considering.

    I think that would be interesting to include in a survey: How digital samples affect a buyer’s decisions. Do they look at them? If the sample is bad but all other elements seemed good, will the reader drop the book? Just something I’m curious about as, unless the author has been tried and proven, I won’t buy a book without reading a sample first.

  21. Really not surprising at all. I still buy all my books in paper if possible. My main genre is romance, divided in paranormal romance/urban fantasy, historical romance, sci-fi/fantasy romance, and even my cozy mysteries have a hint of romance in them.
    I actually did go to a “real” bookstore a few weeks ago and was surprised to find some books by favourite authors there. At over 2 times the costs when I order at Bookdepository. Of course it takes a few weeks before I receive my books, buy I can buy two times as many.

    I do copy my reviews for my blog on Amazon and Goodreads, but I never read them there. I only rely on the blogs I follow, persons I know that share my taste in some genres.

    I also don’t really like first POV in some books, but others really make it work.

  22. I kinda get how so many people prefer ebooks over paperbacks but actually if you see for most of us its not either or but both. You buy some books as ebooks and you want others in paperback. Making it like you can pick only one option is not really fair because I like both ways and each has its pros and cons.

  23. Interesting survey results. But I agree that the results are probably skewed since a) the readers were answering online (so they would like ebooks more) b)romance authors gave the links (so romance would be the top vote getter and c)avid readers who are online a lot would be more likely to see the survey (so they would be more likely to use ereaders).

    I personally don’t love paperbacks. And like ebooks vs hardcovers 50-50.

    I personally almost exclusively look at goodreads reviews. I feel like readers who don’t read a ton would be more likely to go to amazon. But avid readers who use goodreads and who have a large friend base would probably go to goodreads as they can see what their friends reviewed.

    I do follow my favorite authors on facebook more than twitter. It’s just easier.

    I completely disagree about first person narratives. I definitely prefer this. And thankfully most of the books I read are first person. There are a few authors who are amazing at writing third person. But I often find it much harder to get into a book written in third person, especially if the author isn’t amazing at writing in third person.

    @jlkalman26

  24. I actually don’t mind first person. As long as the story itself is engaging and I’m enjoying the chemistry between characters. I also tend to read most reviews on goodreads. I shop on amazon but base my buying off of goodreads. Other than that, I tend to agree with everything else

  25. I’m a little surprised that people don’t trust Goodreads reviews, honestly. I find it to a pretty good tool, because you can see all of a particular reviewer’s shelved books and the ratings they’ve given them, so you have an idea of their “taste profile” before you even read a single review. It helps me out because I can look to see if we’ve read similar books and if their opinion matches up with mine at all, so I know whether to be swayed by their review or to ignore it because we don’t have book tastes in common. I only use Amazon reviews to decide whether to download a free ebook or not 🙂

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