Booking it

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  1. Peter McCormick says:

    Although I am almost embarrassed to admit it, I buy some of my books because Amazon tells me to. I have purchased enough of my discipline-related books through Amazon that their algorithms have me figured pretty well, and they have drawn my attention to a number of books, some of which I can’t imagine coming across in any other way. (They also recommend a bunch of books that I find totally irrelevant, so it isn’t THAT good an algorithm, but I do find their “your recommendations” lists, and their occasional email out, surprisingly useful.)

    And the bookrooms at the major conferences; I always leave extra room in the suitcase.

  2. A.J. Sutter says:

    Law practice: mainly ads from publishers like BNA, PLI, Aspen, etc. Social science, including legal theory/history: (1) cites in articles or other books, (2) browsing new releases in a bookstore (though the options for this in Tokyo are growing more limited), (3) Amazon recommendations, often with some due diligence afterward, (4) reviews or especially author interviews in overseas periodicals (esp. Nouvel Observateur, Le Monde Diplomatique), and, less than in the past, reviews in TNR. Science & technology: ads, and secondarily reviews, in professional journals (reviews often lag a couple of years after a book’s release).

    And for all categories of books: TLS (which seems to be AOL-ing its original name, The Times Literary Supplement). This is a delight to read anyway. Reviews are shorter and much less self-indulgent than in NYRB, the range of subjects far vaster, the style both more scholarly and, at times, snarkier, and it comes weekly. These days most fiction and history I buy is because of TLS reviews. In recent years they’ve also been reviewing law books like Zittrain, Dan Solove and others. I do love the university press ads in NYRB, though. NYT: fuhgeddaboudit.

  3. Civ Pro King says: