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When I am visiting blogs I notice that some bloggers do display buy links in their review posts and other’s don’t. So that made me think of my personal preference, and wonder why people decided to display buy links or not and what other people prefer to see.
Do I like seeing buy links in review posts when visiting other blogs?
My initial thought is yes I prefer it when there are buy links in reviews posts. When I read a review of a book and it picks my interest I like to go to goodreads and check out the book, maybe even add it to my to-read list there or read some more reviews. So when I read a review of a book that catched my attention I will probably use those buttons. On the other hand if a blog doens’t have a goodreads link or buy links, I simply go to goodreads and look the book up myself. It takes a few seconds more, but it’s not that difficult. So it’s not like if a blogger doens’t display links I won’t look up the book. If I want more information about a book I will look it up anyway, whether the blogger displays links or not, but when the blogger does displays links I will use those. I always look for links first and only if I don’t find them go to goodreads myself.
Which links do I use most?
When a book catches my attention in a review posts the first place I go is goodreads, so I can add it to my to-read list there or read some more reviews, check out the release date or other information. I hardly ever click on the actual buy links and when I do it’s usually not to buy the book, but simply to check the price of the book. I like to know how pricy a book is and it can influence my decision on whether to buy a book or not. I always add a book to my to-read list first and only later buy it. If I really want to buy a book, I always wait a day or two to see if I still want it then. So the link I most prefer to see on blogs is the link to Goodreads.
Do I use buy links in my review posts?
As in general I prefer to see links in review posts I also include links in my own review posts and if a person doesn’t like or doesn’t use the links, they are easy to scroll past. I always include Goodreads, Amazon, B&N and Kobo links if the book is available there. I always list the links in that order. Goodreads because I mostly use that link myself. I also link the cover to goodreads as I feel that most intuitive. I include Amazon after that as most people buy their books there, then I include B&N as I know some people use that too and I always include Kobo if possible too as I have a Kobo e-reader myself and buy most e-books from there. I sometimes include a link to The Bookdepository as well, but only if I got a physical copy of the book. As I buy all my physical books from there. Sometimes I include other links like Amazon.uk, but only very rarely.