Let's Talk with Nancy J. Cohen

Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

August 1, 2019

Bargain Books
By Nancy J Cohen

I’m a sucker for bargain books. I get daily newsletters from The Fussy Librarian  and BookBub with free and sale books. If I see one that intrigues me, I’ll peruse the reviews on Amazon to see what other readers say. This may prompt me to buy/download the book or pass it by. I’ve discovered many new authors this way. I’ll go on to devour entire series when I find a book I really like. It’s great for discovery because readers don’t have to invest much money in an author they haven’t read yet. Currently, this is my main way of discovering new favorites.

Because I like deals, I couldn’t resist when Amazon recently offered a $5 ebook credit if you bought $20 worth of ebooks. My Wish List had been growing, and this seemed like a good time to purchase these books while gaining credit to get even more. Never mind that I already have hundreds of books on my Kindle. These are stories I can’t wait to read because I already know I’ll enjoy them.

Add this digital pile to the mound of print books all over our house, and you might think I am addicted to books. You would be right. I still buy print books, especially because I can pay for them with credit card rewards points linked to Amazon. It’s a sale for the author and a good deal for me. The only problem is finding time to read all these wonderful books.

Can you resist a book bargain when you see one? What’s your favorite way of discovering new authors or series to read?

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10 thoughts on “Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

  1. I’m all about most bargains, and if a book cover, title, or author interests me, I’ll click over and check out the book by reading a few pages. Only then will I download it. I just don’t want to waste a purchase (on any item) on something I’m lukewarm on.

    1. I’ll do the Look Inside feature, too, to see if the writer’s style appeals to me. That’s why the first pages of our own books are critically important.

  2. Nancy, I totally agree. Unless its a freebie, I always first download the sample and read that. I probably delete most of those samples and freebies without ever downloading/reading the entire book. The few that click with me, I’ll go back and buy. Yay if they are on sale, but I’ll pay full price if the story really intrigues me. I probably find most of my “new to me” authors from reading blog reviews or seeing ads on Facebook or mentions in various authors or readers loops.

    1. Good for you for reading blog reviews! I skip over Facebook ads myself. Sometimes I can tell from the story blurb if it’s a trope I’d like, and then it’s a matter of checking out reviews and sample pages.

  3. I think at this point I’ll need to live well past 100 to catch up with all the books I’ve bought, both for my Kindle and in print. Of course, I keep buying more. Like you, Nancy, I can’t resist a bargain when it comes to discovering new authors. And speaking of bargains, if anyone is interested, Revenge of the Crafty Corpse, the third book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series, is on sale on Amazon all month for only .99 cents. It will also be available on Kobo and iTunes in Canada, the UK, and Australia (and also Kobo India) beginning Aug. 5th.

  4. Honestly, I go into Kindle Store, look up my favourite genre, then skip twenty pages to read something that a normal writer like me would have on there. I steer clear of the best sellers in the hope of finding a gem. Plus, they’re usually cheaper so it doesn’t matter if it isn’t amazing.

    1. I prefer genre fiction over bestsellers, too. What appeals to me is a story blurb with tropes I know I’ll like and a writing style that appeals to me with a main character who pulls me into the story.

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