Do you buy books? Besides promoting books and reading, interviewing authors, and reviewing ARCs, book bloggers should be buying books. Yes, I am a strong supporter of my library and, yes, I'm not even close to being rich, but if we don't buy books, good-quality, well-edited books will cease to exist or will be so expensive, only the wealthy will be able to afford to them.
I love going into a house that is filled with books. When I decided to take a photo of one of my bookshelves this morning, I realized that I could have taken a photograph in every single room of the house except the bathroom. I chose one of three bookcases that are in my living room (which is also home to many stacks of unshelved books).
Think about this: How does an author earn money? Mostly through book sales. Where do you think the $12.00 that you spent on a book goes? Here's a list of just some of the people who get a piece of that sale:
1. The author
2. The publicist
3. The publishing house
4. The agent
5. Editors (two to three)
9. Cover artist (may be more than one)
10. Indexer (depending on book)
11. Photo researcher (depending on book)
12. Permissions (depending on book)
11. Legal (depending on book)
13. Paper company
I may have forgotten someone or some chore, but based on this list, each person gets only 75 CENTS from each book sale. Of course, the money isn't divided evenly among the team, but regardless, you can start to see how little an author makes from each sale. An author has to sell a lot of books just to pay the rent.
So where am I going with this?
Amy of My Friend Amy is hosting a book drive, and I'd like you to participate. Here's what I'm asking. First, read all about the book drive and the prizes that will be given out. Then go read the review of Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart. Third, buy the book. Finally, send Amy the receipt. Did I mention that there'd be prizes?
Inquiring minds want to know
What was the last book (besides Kephart's!) that you bought? What stops you from buying books (cost, storage space)? How often do you buy books (once a month, once a week)?
⇒The last book I bought was Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (in preparation for my Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge).
⇒Er, um, nothing ever stops me from buying books.
⇒I buy books several times a month, and I usually buy more than one at a time.