Goodreads has a poll asking about where you heard about the previous book you read. Here are the results:
I voted for “blog post” because I heard about “Shape of Design” from Craig Mod’s post “Hack the Cover.” Although I had to think about it for awhile, because I read a bunch of books at once. It’s good that this poll asks about the LAST book you read, because there are so many books we read and a bunch of ways we discover books.
It would be interesting to see a log of how you discovered ALL the books you’ve read. Whenever I buy a book, I am going to keep a log on this blog post’s comments with where I heard about that book. And for cases where I put something on my Amazon wish list, I’m already in the habit of adding a comment on my wish list about where I first heard about the book.
This will be fun. I encourage everyone to keep track of where they discovered each book you read. In physical books, I write on the back page where I got the book from and the date. I wish eBooks had that feature. I suppose I could make a note in the eBook. Maybe I’ll keep track of the date purchased, where I purchased the book from, and how I discovered the book.
Hmm, it seems like goodreads should have a feature for this. Then they could do a cross-data analysis of all book discovery. It would be great if they would share their reports like how okcupid does very interesting reports on how people use their site and what sorts of people like.