I am not a person who wants to be “sold” to – in fact, I’ll actively avoid salespeople whenever possible. If I’m looking for something specific, I probably already know what it is when I enter the store; and if I’m browsing randomly, I’d rather be left to do it on my own. Those stores that focus on their “personal, personalized service” are wasting their efforts on me; in fact, I find them a bit intimidating. I just want to look around, find what I want, pay for it and go.
This doesn’t mean I’m averse to more passive forms of selling. I’ll usually check out the staff-recommendations shelves, and I’ll read the shelf talkers for the books that interest me. But if you work in that bookstore and you try to engage me in conversation about any of those books, it may have the opposite effect of what you intended – I’ll feel pressured, rather than engaged. And if you put the book in my hands, I may slip it back on to the shelf when you’re not looking. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve quashed any interest I have in reading the book; I just prefer to make the decision for myself, in my own time, and not because I felt uncomfortable or afraid of being “difficult” by saying no.
When I’m shopping for most things for myself, I usually prefer doing it by myself, and that includes book-shopping. I’m pretty well-informed about what’s available and reasonably comfortable making my own decisions about what to buy; approachable, eye-catching displays are all you really need to “sell” me. But I realize this quirk of mine may just be mine: how do you feel about being on the receiving end of the handsell?
It’s been a rather light week for both reading and posting, but I do have a few links and updates to share…
- LibraryThing users: Have you tried out the LibraryThing Companion extension for the Chrome browser? (I’ve switched from Firefox to Chrome for almost everything I do on my MacBook.) I really like it; it’s a super-quick way to add books, access or edit your library and profile, and get into the forums. It’s pretty much everything I wish LT’s mobile app was…
- Exciting news of a book-blogger’s dream come true – Presenting: Lenore’s book deal! The winner of the 2010 BBAW Award for “Best Young Adult Book Blog” has sold her own YA novel (and film rights!), with publication expected in late 2012/early 2013.
– After a month of mostly “free” reading, I think April’s focus will be heavily on review books, including the three memoirs I mentioned earlier in this post (all in ARC form, and tagged as “currently reading” anyway – it would be nice if that were true!), except on April 9 – Readathon Day is all about the “just-for-me” reading!
What are you currently reading – and how do you feel about being “sold” on it?