I visit a bookstore on average twice a year. Birthday and Christmas. Since I go so rarely, and have limited funds, I have certain things I look for.
I am going to give you my list, in order of importance, but what I am really curious about is, how do you look for new books in a bookstore?
- First I go straight to the Fantasy/Scifi paperback section. Hardcovers are out of reach and at my age, difficult to handle.
- Next I look for my favorite authors. Probably shouldn't. Should look for new (atleast to me) authors first but there are certain ones I check for every time.
- Size. Yes I admit it, I look for the fattest books I can find. If I am going to pay $8-$10 for a book, I want more page for my dollar. 600 pages is good, 800 is better. Besides being cheap, I only go twice a year so I want books that will carry me for awhile.
- Found a nice fat book, next stop, the back cover. Is it something I want to read? What subgenre does it fall into? If back blurb is unclear, I'll randomly read a few pages.
- Next is inside the front cover. Is it part of a series? Is the series done or are there "forthcoming" books listed? I am a series fanatic who hates waiting years for the "next" book. When I buy, I buy the whole series. If the series is incomplete, the book goes back on the shelf.
- OK, the series is finished. Next is another look on the shelf. Are the other books in the series there? Do I already have any of them at home? Do I even remember? And, why oh why is it that I never bring a list? (yes I have that conversation with myself every... single... time...)
- Rarely, I will check out a book because of its cover. The reason why I say rarely is because most of the time all I can see is the spine. Most bookstores "showcase" (cover facing out) a few books, but not very many.
- Next thing I go looking for is old books. Books I used to have but have either loaned, lost or worn out. This search is often fruitless because older books tend to be missing atleast one in the series. Assuming they have them at all. But, sometimes I get lucky.
- Next I'll look at the new release section. Not because I can afford anything there but so I know what to watch for next year when it comes out in mass market paperback. Not that I'll remember mind you, but I look anyway.
- Finally, if I have any money left (doubtful), I'll go take a look at the YA section. Not much epic fantasy being written for YA but it never hurts to look.
Inquiring minds want to know...