|What a pity it doesn't have a "look inside" on Amazon|
- it makes it impossible to tell whether it's any good
Commentary on the changes this month:
- Few new art books have managed to transition into a second month. Those that become top selling or top rated books frequently do this because of sales prior to publication and then sales following publication. It just goes to show you can't start the marketing too early.
- It's very odd how the flavour of new art books changes every single month. This month there are an incredible number of new books which are focused on artists, art and culture from the past. Possibly the post-Christmas period provides an opportunity for these books to surface rather than drowning in the more popular books which tend to be published in time for the run-up for Christmas.
- "Top" does NOT mean "best". It's also apparent that a February 2011 publication date does not mean "new" either. It's noticeable with one wildlife painting book this month that purchasers (book reviewers?) in January have been very annoyed by the repackaging of a painting book which dates back to 1997 - without any indication whatsoever that this is anything other than a new book. I'm not entirely clear as to how people could have been leaving reviews in January for a book which was apparently not published until February. However I've included it in the listing as an AWFUL WARNING. If I spot any more examples of this sort of marketing in future I shall start naming names on my blog! :)
I also like Catherine Gill's paintings which I can see on her website! I do like an artist and author with a website - I always feel much more comfortable about knowing what sort of book it's going to be :)
|Check out the "Look Inside" option on Amazon|
- particularly the Contents pages