Sep 15, 2014

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Question – Could You / Would You Buy Books Blindly?

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A while ago, someone shared this picture of a bookstore located somewhere on Facebook:


Where I find this to be a fascinating idea, buying books blind without knowing who the author is or without seeing the cover, I’m not sure I could do it.  I personally select what books I want to buy according to blurb, friends’ reviews and (often) author.  In this store, you get a quick description of the book and nothing more.  So as I said, fascinating but I don’t feel it’s for me.

What about you?  Could you or would you be able to buy a blindly?


  1. I don’t think I could do this. I’m pretty particular about genre and with my TBR list so long, I’m only reading books that I really want to read. I guess, if I didn’t have an idea of what to read next, this is a great idea.

  2. Probably not. I also buy by the blurb, reviews, or author, and the descriptions they have written on the covers aren’t sufficient for me. There are certain things I have absolutely no interest in reading, and if I bought a book based on a shorty blurb the people at the bookstore wrote, I’d be very upset. It’s a cute idea, but unless it were a blind date book party like at AAD (where I KNEW I’d be getting a romance), I’m out.

  3. The answer to your question is easy. No, I wouldn’t buy a book without knowing about it.

    However, the implications of that easy answer blow my mind. Until relatively recently books were precious things, luxuries that only the most elite could own. Plus there weren’t that many of them. A history teacher told me that at the time the US constitution was written, it was possible for the framers to have read almost every book in print. Back then, buying a book sight unseen (if you could afford it) would be a no brainer. Contrast it with today when many of us complain about our TBR piles and all the books we may never get around to reading. Today it seems that time really has become more valuable than money.

  4. I couldn’t do it. I have a large TBR pile and find it hard to read books put of my genre. I like romance with heavy world building otherwise I get bored right away. I couldn’t even finish water for elephants.

  5. Melanie – Good point. If someone had no particular taste and didn’t care what they read next, this could work 🙂

    Paige – Yes, maybe at a romance book convention. Good thought 🙂

    Mzcue – Yes! Time! I love what you wrote. Very true!

    Bonnie – I never even tried Water for Elephants because I heard it was hard to get into lol.

  6. I don’t think I would do that but I can buy a book because of its cover. lol I’m good at that.

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