What Motivates your eBook buying decisions?
Buying as opposed to grabbing Prime (or other) freebies… Welp, I do like to support my writing friends and fellow bloggers, so that’s a big deal. I will also impulsively buy any random, reasonably priced book that appeals to me because… books!
What buyer type are you?
Decisive – Indecisive – Reticent – Hesitant – Pondering – Thoughtful – Undecided?
What buying decisions do you undertake when looking to purchase a new eBook? Are you influenced by any of the following and if so – which ones and why?
Positioning – from author rank to location on sales site?
No. Ick. Boring! Stats. Gross. Dumb. Don’t care about my own, lol.
Price – how much are you willing or do you expect to pay for an eBook or do you not buy eBooks and if so – why this option?
Idk. A short romance… not a lot. Would prefer if I could get it on Kindle Unlimited and unless there’s a compelling reason to pay, probably would not. (I pay $10/month for KU.) A longer, yummy romance… a few bucks, depending. Same for other genres. Am willing to shell out more for something special like Mark Manson, though I haven’t yet. He’s on my birthday list. 🎉
Description of the book content?
This is the most influential aspect to me. I avoid certain tropes: anything about Nazis and WWII, horror/horrible topics generally (except Stephen King), twins switching places, dead sisters, and the worst topic of all… getting back together with an ex. I don’t care if that’s the only way to save the planet. Find someone else to help you.
Book Title – does this influence you at all?
I can be swayed to make a purchase by a clever title, particularly in romance.
Cover – does it matter if the cover looks cheap, or if it is coloured or bland?
Not a fan of bad covers. It doesn’t take much effort to create an attractive cover in the KDP store… why not do that? If an author can’t be bothered, it makes me wonder what else they haven’t bothered with. Spelling? Punctuation? 🤨
Reviews – do you read or even leave reviews? Do you read the reviews others have left? Are you influenced by these?
Yes to all. I have been leaving reviews for a long time, at least the star portion. Usually, I also leave an actual paragraph as well, especially if the book doesn’t have many. And I am kind, even when criticizing. Well, almost always. If a super popular writer gets away with publishing a terrible book, I might not be that nice. I will read the Prime reviews before selecting my freebie, since usually 2 or 3 sound good and I need some way to decide. Otherwise, I like to read the reviews after leaving my own so they don’t influence mine.
I wish more people who have read and liked my books would leave reviews. That’s so helpful for potential buyers when the writer is an unknown. I’m super thankful to those who have done so! ❤️
Do you look for collections, or sets or are you happy with one offs?
Does the length of a book bother you? Are you looking for short or long content?
Doesn’t matter, although I do need a longie (over 500 pages) for two bingo squares. Any suggestions? I would love to support a fellow blogger! 😻
Author – Do you need to know the author or are you happy to go with unknowns?
Recommendations – if someone you know has suggested a book, do you follow that up?
Not usually. 🤣
Needs met – do you only buy books to meet your needs or books that feed and fuel your desires?
Is there a difference between need and desire?
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