I read an interesting article the other day about the death of the book review. (Read it here.)
Author Adam Pennenberg compared the number of reviews for his first book with those for his current release. He also looked at the life cycle of Amazon reviews and the potential for abuse of the review system.
It made me think about how I find new books and new authors. I don’t read many book reviews. I listen to my friend’s recommendations a lot more than I listen to reviewers. I buy books by authors I have read before. And I learn about books from Twitter and blogs. I enter contests to find new authors, and I check books out of the library. It’s a low risk means of finding new authors.
What about you. What were the last five books you read? And, how did you find them? Reviews? Friends? Twitter or Facebook? Bookstore displays? Ads on TV, radio, or blogs?