Its time for a bookish chat! Hey, 24hr.YABookBlog here (~˘▾˘)~💞✨📚 Today I wanted to talk about libraries & pre-order swag!
In this discussion, because I’m from the US, I’ll be focusing mainly on the U.S. in regards to libraries & book swag!
I’d been scrolling through twitter a few weeks ago and saw upcoming pre-order campaigns for Tara Sim’s Firestarter and Joan He’s Descendant Of The Crane!
Right away I noticed that for their campaigns, they’d be accepting library requests as part of their preorders, that made me so happy.
Thank you! Thank you!! 📚📚✨
We’re still given the opportunity to support anticipated books, even if we’re not able to purchase before release!
+I also want to shout-out Emily Suvada for her amazing thread during the release for This Cruel Design about libraries, supporting her book by reading it from the library & understanding that readers can’t always order right away!
I feel like the push for library pre-orders should be encouraged more from publishers, because regardless, readers are still ordering in advance to support a book or author. It shouldn’t matter how a reader chooses to pre-order, I’m positive readers (especially teens) want to feel included in this!
I do know that Penguin Teen launches pre-order campaigns this way too, where people can send in a postcard w/ their addresses and still get swag without having pre-ordered the book! I do hope other publishers (especially more of the Big 5) take note and strive to do this because that makes the opportunity available to readers to get some cool swag, even if they aren’t ordering right away!
Overall, my point is there can be so much more support for libraries & library readers from publishers and that’s something I feel we should take note of!
I’ve been reading YA since about 2012 & in the beginning, the way I was able to keep up with these new releases and expand on my reading, was by checking all of these out through none other than–libraries!
Sure I bought a few books now & again, but a good 90% of the books I was reading, came from my local library!
The same applies to me today as a book blogger, while I am buying a few more books than before, I am constantly utilizing my library by requesting anticipated upcoming releases! (Starting this year, I’ve even added how I read each book in my wrap-ups, whether its from the library, owned, or an ARC).
I would have never had the opportunity to read so many new and amazing authors I now love, had it not been for being able borrowing and checking-out their books from the library!
As a university student, reader & especially a blogger, I wouldn’t be where I am without my local library and now I’m going to discuss a little more on ways you can utilize your library more & save money if you still want to support your most anticipated books!
1. Talk to your librarians: They are always there to help and if you notice there’s a book you really want to read that’s not on the catalog, tell them! I talk with my local librarians weekly and if there’s a new release I haven’t seen on our inter-loan system they’ve told me they’re more than happy to talk to their supervisor + are always interested in new books I’ve recommended them.
2.Checking-out books: I still do this–but even if I’ve read and reviewed an ARC of a book, I still check it out from my local library to show my support!
The more a book is in demand at your library, the more copies they’ll purchase for readers (not just physical copies but e-books too), which can definitely support the author!
As I was looking more into libraries & how they support authors, I also came across a couple quotes and articles that I found to be super interesting reads:
“…if you are able to put a hold request on a book before it’s available, that might help libraries make a decision of whether or not to purchase more than a single copy. Books which are showing a lot of activity, like multiple holds on a single copy, suggest that the popularity and interest is there and the library should consider purchasing another copy or two to fulfill the interest.”–Book Riot, How To Support A Book
Now I’m sure there’s more ways your favorite authors/books can be supported by libraries, but those are just a couple I could think of regarding this specific topic! Feel free to share more in the comments ❤✨📚
In regards to pre-orders & libraries like I’ve discussed here, Vicky from Vicky Who Reads also touched on this a bit in her “How YA is Isolating Teens“ Discussion, that teens aren’t usually the one’s pre-ordering, because they are more often than not, getting it from the library! Though I’m not a teen, I agree 100% because that’s exactly what I’m still doing!
I can’t always afford to buy these new books right away, but that’s what makes libraries so awesome, I’m saving money & still supporting my favorite authors & new upcoming books!
Now I also asked on Twitter why others think libraries are important to them as readers & here were some responses:
So above all I just wanted to share this post on why libraries matter so much to me as a book blogger, reader, & supporter of authors!
And why library pre-order incentives are such an important & amazing way for readers to show their support!
I really hope you enjoyed this post & I would love your feedback! 😍✨📚
Also with this discussion of libraries & authors, I’ve compiled a list of YA authors who have books releasing, either late 2018 or coming up throughout 2019 and announced they are accepting library pre-orders in their campaigns (Will add more as they become available +be aware some end early before release day):
The Disasters by M.K. England (Releases December 18, 2018)
Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson (Releases January 8, 2019)
Firestarter by Tara Sim (Releases January 15, 2018)
One Year Of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon (January 15, 2019)
The Love & Lies Of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (Releases January 29, 2019)
All The Walls Of Belfast by Sarah Carlson (Releases March 12, 2019) (Pre-Orders not announced yet)
Descendant Of The Crane by Joan He (Releases April 2, 2019) (Library request pre-order form not yet available)
White Rose by Kip Wilson (Releases April 2, 2018) (Pre-Orders not announced yet)
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen (Releases July 30, 2019) (Pre-Orders not announced yet)