I may browse the books my friends are talking about, but I don't necessarily rush out to buy them. The reasons vary. First, while I can appreciate their enjoyment of a certain genre or author, I may not share their enthusiasm. Sometimes, though, I am intrigued and I have every intention of reading the book, but I'm a little short on funds at that exact moment. This is when I add the title to my Goodreads bookshelf entitled "want-to-buy". Take "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" for instance. I don't know that I would have added this particular title to my "want-to-buy" shelf if not for a friend's positive review.
I also use this bookshelf to keep track of the books I'm missing in my myriad collections. The screen shot below shows two such books. While I have most of the Anne of Green Gables books, I still need to pick up #7. The same goes for the Xanth series by Piers Anthony; I have a great many gaps there with #23 being only one of them.
|iPhone Screen Shot|
Now, I wouldn't track this information if I didn't intend to use it. And use it I do. I have pulled my phone out multiple times when visiting my local B&N store. It has aided me in picking up something I know has already met with good reviews, making me feel as if I'm taking less of a gamble than I might have otherwise done. It has also helped me fill in some of the gaps in my series collections.
Of course, the trick is to make sure I keep the bookshelves up-to-date. If I forget to remove a purchase from the "want-to-buy" shelf, I may unintentionally duplicate a sale, which may not bother the publisher but certainly irritates me!