I’ve been thinking about “book related” questions and have a few to ask you.
Free Books: Free Books abound right now, many produced by new-to-me authors as giveaways for contests. I admit I have discovered new authors this way and have been enticed by their storytelling craft to buy other of their books. That’s not a bad thing. I give away books, too, hoping readers will post a loverly review.
If you are a huge reader like me, perhaps, you have a bookcase dedicated to the TBR (To Be Read) pile. Authors often give away books to readers at book signing events, when a new book is released, or when someone helps with research, beta reader, etc. Sometimes, I post on Facebook I have three books to giveaway, and the first three responders will get one. Again, I hope the recipients will love the book and post a review.
Do you participate in giveaways?
E-book versus Paperback: Some people only will read a paperback because they love the smell and love holding the book in their hands. Some people make notes in their books. I never did, as I grew up admonished by librarians and other adults to take care of my books. I didn’t even write in my college textbooks. When traveling, I take books with me. This became cumbersome, especially on longer trips. Many years ago, I bought a Kindle that can be loaded with LOTS of e-books. A nice bonus is it is lighter to carry than a paperback. I have fully embraced the Kindle Paperwhite I received for Christmas a few years ago. My #1son saw the older Kindle I used and the book light I had clipped on. It wasn’t broken and worked fine, in my opinion. But having the new one became a game-changer I really like.
Are you an e-reader or paperback reader?
Post Reviews: Do you post reviews? I’m not raising my hand on this, as I barely write reviews. Sometimes, I do so for products.
I had to take my small dog to the vet and got a questionnaire emailed back regarding service. I was set to do the review because the clinic did everything to help my dog, but the review wasn’t a simple-two-question one. It was more like a survey. I dropped the review.
Book reviews are different for me as I know some of the writers. I can’t bear to hurt a writer. I adopted what others have said about only posting 4 or 5 starred reviews.
What are your thoughts about leaving reviews?
Have any questions about books and publishing for me?
Interested in a new to me author? I will do a drawing from the comments of three ecopies of Just Desserts…and other stories!