Special edition! We have an extra Monday this month and thought we’d address some hot topics in the book blogosphere. Pick one – or answer them all! It’s up to you.
What do we owe authors? I (Karen at For What It’s Worth) read this interesting post the other day. An author had tweeted that if you get all your books from the library it deprives an author of income, another suggested using this fun little graphic to help readers spread the word about a book they love.
This is certainly a loaded question! As a reader I owe the author nothing except for common courtesy and respect (talk about the book not the person, etc). I purchase most the books I read because I want to, not because I have to. This is my personal choice, but I know that it is not for everyone. Some people can’t afford to buy books. Some people don’t really care if they own the books they read or not. It doesn’t matter because where you get your books from is your choice.
I think its sad that some authors are against libraries when they should be supportive of them as it puts books in the hands of people who might not read it otherwise. I may not be a big library user, but I do use it on occasion, especially if I am going to read a book that I am not certain I will like. I hate wasting my money on books that I don’t like. Last year I made a deal with Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase to read Cinder, a book that didn’t interest me at all. While I did end up liking the book I can guarantee that I would have never purchased it, so if it wasn’t for the library I probably wouldn’t have read it.
As far as promoting goes… I promote the ones I like (or don’t like) as I see fit. I don’t need an info graphic for that as it’s something that just comes naturally. I wish gush about books I like and recommend them to the appropriate people if I want to. I don’t like the idea of a checklist at all! There is no “right” way to promote a book as a reader – in fact you don’t have to promote the book at all!
Tell me, what are your thoughts on the issue?