There’s no denying it, books are really expensive. For a hardcover edition of a new release I’ll be paying anywhere between £10 and £15 and while it’s slightly better for paperback releases, I’ll only pay £5 or £7 for paperback editions, when you consider all the new releases we rave about in our blogs, all the new releases we can’t wait for, it adds up.
I spend a lot of money on books, most of us do, but there are lot of other things our pay checks have to go towards, and books are more of a luxury than anything else. But when you’re blog hopping you see book hauls or monthly recaps from people who have managed to buy tons of books and you just wonder ‘how?’ Well, I do at least.
Do You Feel You Have to Buy Books to be a “Good” Blogger?
The short answer to this question is no. In my mind book blogging isn’t about having shiny new copies of books the day they’re released, or even before they’re released if you’re lucky enough to snag an ARC from the publisher, it’s about passion and enjoying what you’re writing. There are some books I want the second they’re released, simply because they’re highly anticipated releases of mine and I know chances are I’ll get around to them before too long, but there are plenty more releases, releases I’ve said are books I can’t wait for that I’ve taken a year or even longer to finally get around to.
Some books I don’t mind paying the hardcover price for, there are others where I am content to wait for the cheaper paperback edition to be released, and there are even more where I simply go for the cheapest Kindle option. However, when you’re blog hopping you see posts from other people (and this post isn’t calling anyone or any blog out) where they’ve taken so many incredible photos of their shiny new releases, and you can’t help feeling a little jealous.
As cheap as Kindle editions are, and as much as I love my Kindle simply for how many books I can carry on such a small and portable device, it’s not quite the same taking photos of a Kindle as it is taking photos of a shiny new hardcover edition of a highly anticipated release.
Also there’s that little matter of hype. A lot of books have so much hype surrounding their release that it seems like the world is eagerly awaiting finally getting their hands on them, and once they have been released it seems like everyone is posting a review or taking a photo of the copy they have for their monthly recap or book haul posts. Then, before too long, it seems to fade from the bookish community for the next eagerly anticipated, hyped release. So it begs the question do you need to get your hands on a copy to read and review before your too late?
Labyrinth Lost, The Bone Witch, even The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue are all books that were everywhere in the run up to their release but that have now dropped off the map a little for the bookish community.
Yes, there are other options out there if you don’t have the money to buy new books. Libraries are great places, and second-hand book stores are always good for finding a bargain. However I come from a town where we don’t have any second-hand book stores (I only live near London, not in the city) and a town where my local library hasn’t been updated in years. For me this does kind of leave buying books from places like Amazon and Waterstones my only option if I want to read new releases.
There are also places like NetGalley and even the publishers themselves you can request books and ARCs from, but let’s face it sometimes it feels like the odds of winning the lottery are better than getting anything from them given how many people are surely requesting the same.
When it comes down to it we’re all humans; we probably all have feelings of jealously when we see other bloggers book hauls, we probably all feel a little gutted when we never seem to have the same amount of new releases or ARCs for our own blogs. However for me it’s not the newest releases that make a blogger stand out, it’s passion, and when you consider the fact that reviews are the posts that generate the least amount of traffic on blogs (which is another discussion topic all together) I feel like the answer to this discussion question is obvious.
Now Onto the Discussion Part of This Post:
Do you feel like you need new books the second they’ve been released, or do you not mind waiting until you can find a cheaper copy?
Does the hype surrounding new releases ever play into what books you decide to buy?
In your mind what makes a good blogger?
What are your tips for finding new releases, or just books in general, at a more affordable price?
Let me know in the comments below.