“The online book community has changed so much over the years. How do we keep up within our own book-sphere as well as within the community as a whole (i.e., libraries, bookstores, authors, publishers, etc.)?”
Keep up? What’s that? I am pretty much entirely out of the loop. I almost never know what new books are coming out when. If I do it is because I’ve read something else that I loved of the author’s and now I’m following them on Twitter. Don’t even ask me about publishers. I never know. I have realized lately though that most of the books I’m loving come from Tor.
My book finding habits have changed. I used to just go to the library and look at the new release shelves. I might browse around some favorite authors or genres in the stacks. I can’t remember when the last time I did that was.
Now I have such a list of books that I want to read that I heard about on Twitter or through other blogs and websites and I put in requests at the library. I just go as far in as the desk to pick them up. I never actually go into the stacks any more.
In a way, that’s sad. There isn’t the surprise of finding a good book that you didn’t know about. On the other hand, I’ve found out about a lot of books that I would have never found just browsing the library. Interlibrary loan is my friend. I have weird tastes in books.
I don’t worry about ARCs. I have a few book tour companies that I’m signed up with and if something sounds amazing I’ll sign up for the tour. I don’t do it often though. (Except for this summer. TLC Book Tours had a summer lineup that looked like they tailored just to get my attention.) I ignore NetGalley for years at a time. I love backlist books. There are so many books that I haven’t read yet that I don’t feel the need to be rushing to read new ones. I don’t need the pressure of having to read a book by a certain date. I read what I want when I want and I DNF liberally and sometimes not even on purpose. I just get caught up in another book and forget I was reading something else. People who put a lot of pressure on themselves don’t stick around these parts for long.
So how have you changed since you started blogging? Do you try to keep up with anything?