What Do Readers Consider When Buying Books?

If you’re here, you not only work in publishing but are also a reader. You love browsing in beautiful bookstores and you think carefully about which book you’re going to invest in. Beyond wanting a great read, you may have other requirements. The book you choose may need to:

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    Be an award winner;
  • Have a cover adorned with a blurb written by an author you know and respect;
  • Boast a swath of brilliant reviews;
  • Be a recent release;
  • Be hardcover, because hardcover books are durable and look great in a bookcase;
  • Be paperback, because paperback books are soft, user-friendly, and “humble” (from a great article by Emily Rhodes on her love for paperbacks);
  • Be an e-book, because you are up through the night with your newborn and reading in the dark is the only possibility;
  • Be an audiobook, because only podcasts compete with audiobooks for long, wonderful walks and lulling you to sleep;
  • Be part of a series or subject area that interests you.

These are just some of the ways in which readers approach books that are merchandised at physical bookstores, and they matter online, too. Anything that helps to make a book leap out as worthy of consideration is helpful on a publisher site, so at ReaderBound we include powerful filters for our clients’ sites.

Publishers can create collections of books not just manually and by category, but by designating books according to the following ready-out-of-the-box ReaderBound filters:

  • New Releases (titles published within the past six months);
  • Award winners;
  • Reviewed.

What’s more, any data point can become the basis of a filter. For example, soon Coach House Books will be highlighting all their works in translation – which they will be able to do in minutes, and in such a way that as new books with that data attribute applied come into the system they will automatically appear in the translated filter.


Like everyone, readers are stretched for time, so removing cumbersome sorting work they’d otherwise have to do is good practice.