Here’s an interesting new article for people who work with books: recently Digital Book World reported that the ways readers discover new books have grown exponentially. In fact, the article claims there are 44 different ways for readers to discover their next book! (Unfortunately, these 44 book discovery methods are not enumerated in the article.)
Unsurprisingly in this age of increasing customization, book discovery methods can be very specific to each reader’s individual circumstances — the reader’s age, whether they read on a tablet, whether they buy books online — all these factors and more influence where readers find out about new books.
How can these findings be applied to libraries, especially for librarians who work with teens? Well, first of all, prepare to pat yourself on the back, because the article reports that the number one method of book discovery for all groups is still through personal interactions, one-one-one, face-to-face.
Teens — who tend to be very social, to be influenced by their peers, to be aware of pop culture literary phenomenons almost before we are — certainly seem to fit into this finding. So yes, look around for new ways to get book suggestions out there — post your reading lists online, get involved in social networks. But also know that what you do every day, talking to teens and telling them about new and interesting books, is probably making a difference in their reading habits.
What are some ways you help people find good books? Share in the comments!
— Maria Kramer, currently reading The Hobbit (again) to prepare for December 14!