Confession: I don’t really buy books. Not anymore anyway. I used to buy A LOT of books a few years ago. Like 2-3 books a week (back when books were $10 on Amazon), then I used to buy a lot of ebooks when I first got my Kindle. Now, I think I bought about 10 books last year, most of them Lauren Layne ebooks and so far this year I have yet to buy one, even though I know we are only 3 weeks into January. In my defense, I have a lot of fucking books!
This picture is more than 6 months old and although I donated almost 80 books after this picture was taken, I somehow have a lot more than this as of right now.
I sometimes feel a little shitty for being a book blogger and lover of books but not buying any books myself, and although no one has judged me yet, I feel like I could be called a hypocrite for not supporting books because I don’t buy them. I know a lot of book bloggers buy a lot of books all the time but I also know some don’t or can’t for some reason or another. Some may not have the money to spend on books, some may not have the space, some may prefer to use a library instead. For me, it’s a combination of a few things. Sure, I can afford to buy a few books here and there, but looking at the amount of books I have on my shelves unread (not including my unread ebooks I’ve purchased in the past) it’s a little bit hard for me to justify spending money on yet another book. So don’t feel like you have to spend your money on books if you are a book blogger or book lover. Here are some other ways that you can support books if you don’t buy books often or at all.
This one is obvious but I still am a firm believer that the best way to promote books is through reviews. Whether its books you’ve bought or received for review, a review is the best way to inform others what you genuinely thought of the book and it’s a way for other readers to decide if the book is for them or if they should skip it.
Goodreads & Amazon:
Just as important as it is to review books on your blog it’s also just as important (or even more important according to authors) for those reviews to be posted onn Goodreads and Amazon. I admit that I’m not the best when it comes to posting reviews on Amazon (they are so un-user friendly) but it’s been something I’m trying to get better at. Especially for those books that are not as well-known. I do post all my reviews on Goodreads and I try my best to like on similar reviews to boost its visibility.
Use the Library:
Thanks to Nick, I have been taking advantage of my local library recently to not only check out books but also ebooks and audiobooks and I’ve been loving it. The selection in my small town is not the best, but I have been finding most of the books I want to read, including a lot of older books that I’ve had on my TBR for a long time. A librarian commented on a post last week that we should absolutely be requesting a book(s) we want to our librarians so they can provide a better selection.
WOW’s & TTT and Other Creative Posts:
Waiting on Wednesdays and other features like Top Ten Tuesdays are also great ways to promote books you want to read and books you’ve read. Although Nick and I don’t participate in these memes anymore, we still enjoy readng them and we’ve found some great book recs through these posts. I used to do Book Looks (put together an outfit based on the book cover), Where I See Fashion features and Book Mood Boards before too as another fun way to promote books I wanted to read. I’ve seen some other fun posts like this, I know Lauren from Bookmark Lit has a great one where she puts together color palettes based on book covers. Eva from All Books Considered also has a fun So You Want To Go To… post where she puts together books based on certain locations. Alyssa from The Eater of Books has a cool Science in Fiction feature where she tackles science in books and Shannon from It Starts at Midnight has all kinds of fun book related posts. (These are the only feature I can think of at the moment but I know there are more, if you know of them let me know so I can add them to the post!)
Lend People Books:
I know this one may make people cringe but I personally love sharing my books with other readers. I love letting my friend, my sister, my neighbor and other book blogger friends books that I have or that I want them to read. My sister has about 10 of my books right now and my neighbor has about 7 of my books right now. I love when they give them back cause I get to hear about what they thought of the books…then I can let them borrow more books to read!
Give Books Away/Donate:
If you have any extra books (duplicates) or books you don’t want to read or don’t want anymore, you can always do a giveaway, give them away to friends or donate them to a library or used book store. I love to do all of these (except giveaways cause I’m lazy). But I do love giving books away and I donate sooo many books to my local library, especially since my library is so small. I just can’t keep all the books I’ve bought/received, I don’t have the space, so giving them away and letting other people enjoy them seems like a great option.
This is probably one of the most important ways that you can support books, recommend them! Talk to them to other people, friends, bloggers. Nick is always telling me about the books she loves (can’t we all just blame her for our endless TBR’s? Cause I do!) and I do the same. I tell her, my sister, other bloggers, leave recs in comments, etc. Whatever I can do to give that book exposure!
So even if you don’t buy books or don’t buy as many books, do not ever let you feel like you are supporting books any less than people who do buy books. Remember that you can support books and authors in several different ways. I used to feel guilty for not using social media to promote books but now I just focus on all the other ways I CAN support books. PS-This isn’t a bash on people that buy books, just a way to show different ways to support books whether you buy books or not…
What about you? Do you buy books? What are other ways to support and promote books? Let me know in the comments!
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