What I won’t buy

What would make me not buy a book? Oh, wow I have never really thought about WHY I do not purchase a book. Though when I think about it I suppose there are a lot of things that come into play when I decide if I should or should not buy a book. The first is always the cost. I do not care how wonderful a cover is, how great the blurb is, or if this is a book that has sold millions, if the price for an e-book is the same as it would be for a paperback you can bet I will not be buying that e-book. (I’d probably go buy the paperback though, and have for my daughter where the paperback was a dollar more than the e-book). Now, price aside.

I am NOT a fan of horror. I do not watch the movies, I do not read the books. I can go for a murder mystery (with limited gore) but the plain horror NO. So, if the cover is something gory or incredibly creepy that leads me to believe that the story inside is more scary than mystery I will not even look at the blurb.

I am not a fan of erotica. I share a lot of my books with my young teen daughter, now my older son is starting to raid my book shelves as well. I like my books to be clean enough for them to read. These are two who still go “eww” when someone kisses in a movie. If anything on the cover hints that the contents of the book will have a lot of sex in it then I won’t be buying it.

That is three things that will give an automatic NO to if I should purchase a book. There are a few things that come into factor. If I only have enough money for one book it will really depend on my mood. In all honesty, if I want a laugh I am going to go for a book with a cute, funny cover and clever (makes me want to laugh) tagline rather than the fantasy that draws my attention. It is not because I would not buy the other, it is all mood. I have books I have said “no” to then gone back and bought later because it sounded like such an interesting book.

What makes you say NO to purchasing a book?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to What I won’t buy

  1. Ann Kilter says:

    I am patient. I can wait for paperback…so cost does matter.


  2. I have never been in the position to just go into a store, find a book that looks interesting and buy it.Price and available money is always a deciding factor for me, but I think we’re going for what would turn us off a book by sight.
    I’m working on my post. This is harder than what attracts me.


  3. jeff7salter says:

    Definitely agree that my mood affects the kind of thing I want to read at any given point. Not sure mood affects what I’d buy, however.
    The main times I’ll buy on impulse is when I’m stuck somewhere for a long time and somehow neglected to bring anything — such as an airport (when I used to fly). But otherwise, I don’t buy books on the run, so to speak, unless I stumble upon a sale such as we discussed Monday with Patty — like library sales or maybe hardcover books at the dollar store.


  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I agree with Ann. Even when I read the Stephanie Plum series I would either borrow the book from the library (sometimes I waited six months to get it there) or I’d wait a year and get the paperback. And like Jeff, the only time I buy on impulse is when I forgot to bring something to read and I’m traveling. But even then I’ll read the airplane magazine from cover to cover before I’ll buy something.


    • I think almost very one is in the same boat financially, I mean, gee, I can’t even keep up with all the 3.99 ones, but I assume the topic mean:What WOULD get your money.Bill Gates probably doesn’t pick up just ANY book.


  5. pjharjo says:

    I’m pretty much on the same page as you about book buying, Angela. Great Post! 🙂


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