It still amazes me the array of possibilities that the internet has opened up when it comes to the relationship between us, the readers, and the authors we love so much.
However, as with anything else in life, there is the good and there is the bad side of it and I decided to talk about both today.
Personally I love that, us, book bloggers that live in countries that don’t have English as their native tongue and therefore much less access to books, signings and conventions, are able to connect with our favorite authors through Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and so on. I feel really lucky to be able to talk to them, share stories and really get to know them in a level that was not possible not so long ago.
But, as I said before, there is also the bad side and I think it is our responsibility to stand up for our book blogging community and personally, mine, to stand up for us International Book Bloggers.
There is so much pressure for authors to make it into a best sellers list, I know that and I also know that a lot of book contracts are made because an author/book has made into one of these lists. I as a fan, do whatever I can to assure that my favorite series will not be discontinued by not pirating. I also wouldn’t mind buying a book in an specific week just so that I could help an author out, but I understand that Internet and eBook purchases actually don’t count towards best sellers lists (please correct me if I’m wrong).
Therefore I draw the line when an author tells his/her international readers that since buying their books doesn’t really count, they should buy 2 copies and go on to being condescending towards their fans.
There are limits, and being said how, when, how many books I should buy is where I draw the line. I believe in constructive relationships and I love the ones I’ve built with some authors I adore, but being treated like that is unacceptable in my opinion.
What do you guys feel about this issue?
What’s your favorite thing about being able to connect with the authors you love?
What’s your least favorite thing?