Before you purchase a book.

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A book consists of a set of written and printed words, aimed at documenting information to be distributed among individuals. People have different opinions on the best written works, depending on their personal preference, while some online posts have captivating titles such as “books everyone should read before they die”. However, before you purchase or read a book, here are some helpful guidelines.

There are no set out rules to purchasing a book, however you might want to consider a few steps, especially if you have a particular genre in mind.

The author. Writers have different forms of writing, and most times preferably stick to a particular genre before switching occasionally. On your next trip to the book store, be sure to read about the author. Imaging buying a book by Francine Rivers, when you’re in search of some magic and fantasy thrill. Personally, I would recommend author Dean Koontz, for such genre.

Synopsis. In simpler, the synopsis of a book is a brief summary of what to expect from the contents of the book. It is usually that section at the back that narrates the plot, characters and how the book ends. This is the most common step to take when purchasing a book.

Recommendations and reviews. Ask a friend or google. A friend who loves to read, and reads a variety of books, could become your best bet to finding what you may enjoy reading. Ask for recommendations for the type of book you are in search of. You could do some research and read reviews online. This might guide you to the perfect book you are in search of.

The cover. The infamous saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, can sometimes be overlooked when purchasing a book. The cover, is the first introduction the writer gives you to his/her work. A connection is made, before the buyer even picks up the book to take a look. It could be a captivating name or the front cover art. However, one should truly not judge a book by its cover as some writers put more focus no packaging instead of quality content.

It is important to note however, the points above are mere considerations, as each individual has the liberty to choose, or stick to what they already conform to.

BY: Ifeanyichukwu Okpala

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