The book business is changing so fast it’s hard to keep up, but I wonder if readers are changing their habits too. It’s actually tempting to run three separate polls because here’s what I’m curious about:
- How do you determine what books to read?
- Where do you get the books you’re reading?
- Have you changed how you get books in the last five or so years?
For the sake of simplicity, I’ll focus on the middle question — where do you get the books you’re reading.
When I grew up, the most popular place to get books was the library. I had access to wonderful libraries. My junior high library, for example, would be the envy of many city libraries today.
However, I’m guessing that over time affluence and marketing has changed readers’ procurement habits. First the Big Book Chains supplanted independent book stores. And these very large stores were reader friendly, had an outrageous selection, and carried the newest releases.
Then Amazon came along. Suddenly buying books was cheaper and easier.
As if that wasn’t enough, e-readers opened up a whole new source of literature. Suddenly small press publications became accessible to the greater public, and so did self-pubbed works. Wow! Many more books to choose from.
So how do we? Is it still friend recommendation that matters most? I suspect so. But how have all the changes affected you? Do you buy more books? Use the library less often? Let’s take a look at how we’re getting the books we read.
Choose from the list below the three that most accurately describe how you get the books you read.
By the way, if you happen to leave a comment telling us how you determine what books to read and if your procurement habits have changed in the last five or so years, I wouldn’t be unhappy about it. 😀