I’m big on the Amazon Wish List. When I read a Goodreads or book blog review about a new book that sounds interesting, I’ll add it to my Amazon Wish List. When it’s payday, or I get my birthday or Christmas Amazon Gift Certificate, I’ll look through my Wish List. I don’t buy everything on it. I sort of pick and choose. A book that looked like a “must-read!” three months ago might not look so interesting today.
Also, I belong to a site called e-reader love.com . Every day, they feature between 15 and 100 free books for Kindle. Some are indie published; some are from traditional publishers. Many of them are less than splendid, but I’ve gotten into some great series from that page. They’ll have book one of a trilogy, for example. I’ll read that, then buy two and three. That’s how I found Lori Otto’s “Emi Lost and Found” trilogy, which I absolutely loved (talk about books that will wring you dry emotionally. Sheesh.. Good stuff). Also, occasionally, I stumble upon other bloggers advising about limited time sales on books. (For example, “Lost & Found, book one of Lori Otto’s awesome trilogy, is on sale right now for 99-cents at Amazon, and the novella prequel is free!”) A lot of times, those will be for the first book in a series. I’ll take a chance on that, then pick up the other books if that one hooks me.
As far as ARC’s, I look through what’s available and find titles that sound interesting. Sometimes it’s a book by a favorite author (Kathy Reichs’s new “Bones” novel). Other times, I’ll spot a biography of someone interesting, or a history book that sounds cool. There’s no real rhyme or reason to my choices there.
So, basically I buy my books from Amazon. I find titles A) through other bloggers’ recommendations, B) discount offers, or C) if I get hooked on a series, and I must have the subsequent books now.
Whew. There’s a 342-word answer to a reasonably simple question. Happy Sunday.