What do you inspect in a book before buying it?

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January 11, 2008 8:24pm CST
Hi, I am a book-worm and read lots of them.Whenever I buy any of these, I would see the author's praises and the basic storyline of the book.What do you see before buying a book.
5 responses
@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
16 Jan 08
Well first off,the title and who wrote it. I've on occasion picked up a book just because the name is familiar. Next to that if the cover catches my eye, though not so much as all I usually see is the spine. Once I've picked a book up it's straight to the back of the book to read what it's about and then finally into the first few pages where most books have a paragraph or two from in the book. Well if it's a hardcover then usually just inside the first 'page' on the dust jacket.
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• India
8 Apr 08
You do quite a lot inspection before buying a book. That's good according to me.This will prevent you from wasting time and money at useless or "not-of-your-type" books. I will follow your method from now on. Thank You.
• United States
15 Jan 08
I go on a bunch of different factors... Sometimes the cover. I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by it's cover but sometimes if the cover looks interesting I will read the book. Other things are author reputation, recommendation by a friend, much praise or contreversy, or just the description on the back of the book.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
13 Jan 08
i would see the storyline first and then if i liked it, i would read the critics' comments on the back of the book. ^__^ but i don't really buy books at random. usually i buy books that have been recommended to me or those that are very popular at the moment that its like people all over the world are reading it. ^__^;;
@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan 08
First of I see the title of the book and If I like this I pick the book up. I inspect the front cover and might like the picture showing what the fiction or non-fiction book is about. Then I look at the back cover to see the basic story line of the book. Yes, it is good to look at the author's praises and see the names of any awards the book has won. If it is a travel book I check the date it was published. If it is a non-fiction book I flick through the pages quickly getting a good idea about the quality of the book. I might even read half a page to see if I like the style that it has been written in. I also look on the back of the book to see how it costs to buy.
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@adnanezzi (243)
• India
12 Jan 08
go by author reputation
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