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?