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We all have our own perspective on how to evaluate something as being good or the best. People take the time to research, compare, test, preview or rent before finally obtaining what they wanted just to make sure they picked out what they consider best. I learned in Wealthy Affiliate, through the Customer Purchase Lifecycle, that it takes a customer seven times from their first point of contact with the product to actually buy it. I know this is true to me because I love getting better things every time I consider purchasing something.
This theory is applicable to any purchase including books. With this in mind, as a reader who’s about to make a book purchase, what do you consider a good book should have?
What’s in a good book?
Lets take a look at the criteria of a good book!
1. Book Cover
The book cover is very important. In fact, an author should not take the design of a book cover lightly because it is one of the important aspects to consider for marketing a book. The cover should suite the genre. Other features to consider are the color, the background, the image and the font.
The content has to have quality and be presentable and readable. The reader needs to be able to engage in the content thus grabbing their interest. When a reader is engaged, the book becomes personal and a conversation piece. The content needs to make the reader feel. The reader should be able to feel the characters and the captivating story. The characters should become real in a reader’s mind. The author should be able to drag the reader back into the plot every so often. I compare the reading of a good book to the exhilarating roller coaster ride. You have a combination of feelings all at once.
The sentences should flow like a stream of water. They should run smoothly in a reader friendly way. Sentences should also be authentic in the sense that you can actually hear the characters saying them. Every genre has their own set of writing style. For example, literary fiction tends to have complex sentences. A rule of thumb should be, limited amount of adverbs, clichés and use of unnecessary emphasis. Sentences should be able to show not tell in a clear and coherent way. The length of the writing should be appropriate to the genre and the plot as well.
All in all, it comes down to personal preference. Think about this, if you are able to say, “I just couldn’t put the book down”, then you have found the answer to what’s in a good book.
Reading a Book
Books are a phenomenal creation invented centuries ago. The creation of books have revolutionized the way we express ourselves and communicate with others. This “old/new” way of communication through a book has opened the gates of realization itself. Books gives us the power of viewing the world with a different perspective, a perspective that it’s personal because it varies from self to self.
What is a good book to read?
No matter how you decide to visualize the book, there are two main reasons we need to consider: information and pleasure.
When a book is looked at for informational purposes, it allow us to acquire new knowledge that leads to self-improvement and growth.
When a book is looked at for pleasure purposes, it allows us to be fascinated by it’s content making us live what we are reading to the point that it becomes real to us.
These two main reasons has led to the continuous writing of books. Read any book!! However, have you ever wondered how, when, and where it all originated?
When it comes to researching the origin of books, one has to start with the actual word book. Why is a book called book? The origin/root of the word is very interesting. If we look at the history of the word book, it all started with trees and not because paper comes from trees. From an etymological perspective, specifically with a Germanic root the word book is *bōk which means beech tree. Now the Old English version bōc also means beech tree. The reason why is because strips of beech wood were used by early Germanic people to write on. When looked at the Latin root of the word, book is liber. The word liber originally meant bark. The Romans used the the inner part of the tree (bark) to write on. When it comes to the book’s origin, it all goes back to nature.
Written works date back to 3400 BC. The first archaeological written work was not in the form of a book. Instead it was in a clay tablet with pictographs on it. It was found in the Iraqi region and it’s believed to have been written by the Sumerians.
The first written story was about a Sumerian ruler named Gilgamesh. Fragments of the mythological telling have been dated back between 2100 BC-1700 BC; however, the complete story was found in twelve clay tablets in the largest library in the ancient world know as Assyrian King Ashurbanipal’s Library. If you ever want to see the original story, it is currently displayed in the British Museum.
The first book ever printed with movable metal type like Gutenberg’s Printing Press was the Jikji in 1377. The Jikji was a Korean document of buddhist teachings.
With the introduction of the ebook and the Kindle Book (an e-reader or electronic device that reads books), the usual definition of book which circulates in all hard copy and digital dictionaries should be updated. A book is no longer handwritten or printed like paper put together within a cover; it also comes in electronic/digital form. The book has evolved and managed to survive through centuries.
The question is would eBooks eliminate the traditional hard copy or would people still appreciate the feeling of holding a real book in their hands and the enjoyment of reading it like it has been done for ages. Thoughts on this matter?