How to choose a book
1. Source of the books: The three major groups in which the books read are classified are Those that are bought, those that are received as a gift and those that are borrowed from public libraries or friendships. Approximately the reader buys 40% of the books he reads, receives as a gift 30% and as a loan another 30%. We will have to choose which of these sources is the one we want at the moment.
2. Purpose of the reading: When you decide to go to the public library or the bookstore, the first thing to do is to ask yourself if the decision to borrow a book or buy it is to have a satisfaction in your reading, if it is To be trained in any subject, it is a matter of solving some work problem or it is to make the content of the library of the house. There are more divisions of the decision but these are usually the main ones.
3. Availability of the titles: Each year approximately 120,000 different titles are published in Spanish, which makes an inventory of millions of books that could be chosen, although this figure will be reduced to the stocks of the libraries or stores where you are going to look for them.
4. Classes of books: You will have to choose the book's preferred format, whether it has a hard, soft or pocket-sized cover. With large print and normal font. With illustrations and without them. In tapes to listen. In videos or DVD. Electronics on the computer. And without forgetting the price and budget that we have (free in the case of libraries).
5. Thematic classification: The contents of the books are classified in the different main sections and according to an international system applicable in libraries or stores. We can choose between Biographies, Businesses, Children, Classical Authors, Computers, Cooking, Fiction, Health, Hispanic Authors, History, How to Do, Parents, Reference, Religion, Romance, Self Help and many more. In turn, these sections are usually subdivided into more topics and classified by authors. Depending on the desired objective of the reading, this will be the sections to which you will look for the titles.
6. Author's choice: If for example we were looking for entertainment or distraction and wanting to read a novel or an essay, we would start looking at the authors we know are better suited to our taste, which is fashionable, which has had a good critique, which has received an important prize, which has a Best Seller or which writes with the style and themes that we like the most.
7. Characteristics of the book: With the book in hand, we can check the title to get an idea of the subject. Then look at the number of pages, the size of the letter and the other features of the format discussed above. In the electronic books, you can put certain keywords to see how it develops, in addition to knowing the total number of words, phrases, and their length, etc. It is convenient to read the summary of the back cover and the criticisms that you have. Also look at the other titles published by the same author, as well as his biography. The year of publication is very important on some occasions because the writer is improving over the years and the number of books written. In addition to this form, we can know how current the book is especially when it is not a novel.
8. Preliminary reading: Reading the index, prologue and first lines we will have a clear vision of what the book is and what it can contribute, be it distraction or knowledge. If the writer can not attract us in the first lines it is very possible that he can not in the following ones either.
9. Following reading: There is a large percentage of books purchased or borrowed that are not read the first time. For example, many of those that come monthly from the Reading Club and the Best Sellers that are bought on impulse due to advertising and being fashionable. Even many of us started it and left it to little because we did not keep our attention or changed our goal. We can come back to them later and give them another chance. One of the advantages of libraries is that we can borrow a good number that has overcome all the above issues knowing that we are not all going to finish.
10. Personal statistics: We must keep a history of what books we liked more or less, to compare it with the next ones, or even to read them again. You can enjoy the same thing from a book the first time it is read as the later ones. Each time we will take something different from the book. How many times can I read and enjoy Quixote, for example?
Finally, although the book has become in a certain way a consumer article, the reading has not yet. And we have the last word in the choice of the book.