*Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?*
I think that is based on what genre it is. If its supernatural/fantasy, then I would prefer to read trilogies. I think more could be expanded more if the storytelling is just right. It it’s science fiction, then I would prefer it to be standalone. The story tends to be continuously beaten down and gets old real fast if it’s in a series. So importantly I think it’s really based on the storyline if it warrants for a trilogy.
*Would you rather only read male or female authors?*
I really don’t go out and seek male or female authors. Yes, a lot of the books that I read are by female authors but that is not because I deliberately picked them. I choose books based on my interest in the plot, not the gender. If the author happens to be female, so be it.
*Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?*
I used to work in Barnes & Noble and because of my unpleasant work experience, I avoid shopping there like the plague (This is just me. I’m totally bias. Please continue to shop there if you feel comfortable). Honestly, I shop at an independent bookstore first in NYC, Strand Bookstore, before I go anywhere else. But if I can’t find the book or it’s cheaper, I’ll shop on Amazon.
Libraries and publishers, a very tenuous relationship. Both institutions are vital in this book market, especially with the number of booksellers decreasing and Amazon becoming a larger book retailer, but lacking a physical space. You would think with these downfall, both libraries and publishers would be working together. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Libraries are considered the bottom of the totem pole in publishers’ eyes so they receive very little help and publicity from the publishing industry. Strange, right? Libraries are like a free marketing and promotion tool that publishers can use. So why aren’t mainstream publishers taking advantage of this opportunity?
BookCon finally arrived this weekend and I had a great time! I met so many authors, attended interesting discussion panels, and received so many free books (a definite plus) that my mind is still trying to wrap around all the amazing things I saw and participated in this weekend. Take a look at the amazing pics I took over the weekend:
And there ends a great weekend full of books! I would love to go again next year but I just found out that BookCon is going to be held in Chicago.So for anyone who is going to be in Chicago area on May 14, 2016, I suggest you check it out!