You'll be pleased to know I've graduated from cereal boxes to books. First the Hardy Boys, and then mass paperbacks. I was a junior in high school when I discover nonfiction with Theodore White's The Making of the President 1960. College introduced me to classics.
In adulthood, I wandered books stores and paperback racks looking for my next read. Bestsellers lists had already down-selected which books got prominent display, and I usually picked by author or back cover copy.
The publishing world has changed. Bookstores are becoming rarer, yet here are tens of thousands of more books available. The shelf-life of a book has been extended well beyond presence on a bestseller list. Electronic books are increasingly taking over fiction and narrative prose. Old book selection tools like magazines and newspapers are withering. Literary reviews are being displaced by reader reviews.
Electronic reading devices have changed the publishing industry and reading habits. It has also changed the way we chose books.
- Back copy is less important than the opening of the book
- Bestseller lists mean less than frequent mention on broadcast and cable outlets
- Social media build name recognition
- Word-of-mouth is even more powerful
In fact, you might consider downloading samples for these books.