Book bloggers are continually adding to my wish list, but it takes something special for me to be persuaded to run out and buy the book straight away.
I recently realised that I am far more likely to buy a book based on a one line recommendation in the comment section of my blog, than when I see a full review somewhere else. The most extreme example of this was my recent Science Fiction Challenge post, which resulted in me buying three books.
I also find that I am persuaded to buy books based on tweets directed at me. If a trusted person sends a tweet similar to the one below I am highly likely to get hold of a copy.
It doesn’t make sense that I am more likely to buy books when I have such little information about them, but I think it is the passion behind the message that makes it so powerful. The fact that this person I trust for book recommendations selects just one book and champions it above all others, specifically to me, makes it something very hard to ignore.
What is most likely to persuade you to buy a book?
Do you find your own comment section a valuable source of book recommendations?
Or, do you need to know much more about a book before deciding to purchase it?