ANSWERS: 34
  • NO...If the author is a best seller, then that influences my choices
  • I just read what I like. Sometimes, it so happens that it's a bestseller, but it's not something I seek out. Actually, I'm probably MORE leery of bestsellers, more likely to read something 'off the beaten track'...
  • Nope. Its based on others opinions on a book and not mine.
  • No, it just means its been really hyped by the publishers marketing department. Usually it means it is vulgar, shocking, blood soaked and a bit of an orgy, which really isn't what I want to feed my mind and heart. I'd rather read a sleeper, that didn't get any hype but became popular through word of mouth.
  • I'm more attracted to subject matter and author. It seems that just about everything on the shelves, is rated a "bestseller" on somebody's list. If it's on Oprah's book club list, I move on. Judging by Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and, what was it, a Million Tiny Pieces? Well, 'nuff said.
  • Not in the least. I usually go to a used bookstore or rummage in yardsales. I read the back, and regardless of subject matter, if it sounds interesting, I'll give it a try. If a person I know and trust suggests a book, I'll probably try that too.
  • No,just give me a "Mills and Boon" in the hand and im happy!
  • No not at all, in fact it may put me off.
  • It almost seems an irony that some of the books that i've baught which, in some way or another, have made some sort of impact or influence in my personal life, with the exception of a few, never made it into the so-called "bestseller" list. So, no, books ranked "bestsellers" don't necessarily exercise influence in my decision purchase them.
  • 85% of the time I would say, no.
  • No. But to be honest? I might be more likely to become aware of a book I might not have otherwise "because" of the marketing hype that other books are not getting. Even so, could easily say "no". Never my first stop in a bookstore, for example. I have certain writers I like - and always look for their new work. I have certain types of books I'll rummage through. And then, I'll hit the sales racks, second hand bookstores, garage sale book boxes, library sales, you name it .. and "who knows" what I might hit by accident. Writer. Genre. Subject matter. Favorites. Beyond that, it's not the "bestseller label" that pulls money from my pocket. Beyond those favorites .. any book might come home with me - if the cover makes me pick it up and whatever's on the back connects for me.
  • No. I have to like the cover and what the story is about, otherwise I won't read it. Yes, I do judge a book by its cover.
  • Almost never.
  • Yes it does. I don't read very many books so if it was a bestseller it increases the chances that I'll try it.
  • do you know, after thinking about that, I think it does affect my decision, possibly without me even knowing it, at a subliminal level perhaps !!
  • Yes, it typically discourages me from reading it.
  • There are soooo many books published and sooo few readers (or actual buyers of books)...yes, I take notice.
  • It influences me to browse reader reviews...yes. I find I do actually enjoy books more which are well-liked in general...not always.
  • Not in the least. I pick books by the subject matter and the author. I absolutely adore trashy historical romance novels and I have no qualms about admitting it. I also look at the author. Have I read something by her before? Was it good? Is there a recommendation on the back by one of my favorite authors? That sort of stuff. I usually shop at used book stores or yard sales anyway.
  • In that I am more likely to read a review, yes. Otherwise, it doesn't make a difference to me.
  • Publicity surrounding it's placement on the list might make me aware of a book I would otherwise know nothing about. Having been made aware of it, I probably WILL buy or read it if the book concerns a subject I'm interested in.
  • No, unless a book has been recommended to me personally somehow, I always follow the same method. First I notice the cover of a book and the title, if I like it or think it might be interesting, I pick it up and read the text inside the cover, if that sounds interesting, I'll read a bit of the first few pages to check out the writing style. If the book is manga, well, then I have to like the style of drawing as well.
  • no, i have to look at the first page, then i know if im going to read it
  • Probably, but only because my wife will probably hear about it from a friend, read it, and then recommend it to me. I don’t even know where to *find* the bestseller list, let alone what’s on it.
  • Rarely. Most of the time I care about the subject.
  • No actually. How come even when the book is NEW and has yet to be read and commented by the public, the book already has the words printed "The no.1 Newyork times bestseller" or sth the suggest top grade. When did it have the chance to win any award. And what's more, it's THEIR book. I can write shit and print many copies of them. With the big words "Best book ever!" Right? Main point: To authors: We consumers ain't stupid!
  • Nope. I like what I prefer. Being a bestseller or a best user is not an influence.
  • Not necessarily.. I have some favorite authors and that influences me much more heavily.
  • nah, it may cause me to turn away from it.
  • Not at all. What is popular rarely is a book I would want to read I've discovered. And if I do happen to read a bestseller it is usually many years later lol! Plus most of the books I read are non-fiction and not the kind that are on any bestseller list. It's more of the timing of what I want to learn about.
  • No. The subject and the critics comments influence my decision to read it, especially good reviews from the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, News Week, Spectator etc.
  • i might cheek it out depending on what the book is about. my intrest in books may differ from alot of poeple and the top selller could be about something i care nothing about, besides i need to work on they own book to reach my goal of the youngest author at the age of 12.

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