Beautiful Rule-Breaking Moth

thelovelylifeofareader:

thebookishdragon:

booktown:

randomhouse:

seasighing:

Life tip: bring a book with you everywhere you go

Life pro tip: bring two, in case you finish the first one.

Bigger life pro tip: Bring a kobo/kindle with you everywhere so you have an entire library with you at all times. 

Ultimate life pro tip: live in a library and never ever leave. 

Supreme life tip: Become a library

abiteofeverythingicanfind:

radionuclide:

pwnedepicfail:

that awesome moment when you finished reading a really good book and you see it at a store then you cunningly smile at it as if you had an affair with it.

#then you hover around it for a while #maybe stroke it #read the blurb

The horrifying thing is that this is true.

Since Winterspell is available for pre-order I was wondering--is it better for the author if fans pre-order a book, or buy it the first week it comes out? Really looking forward to the new book!

mindyraf:

lbardugo:

clairelegrand:

Hello, and thanks so much for asking this great question!

I’m going to take a moment here to answer your question and also provide some insight on the publishing process that I hope will be helpful to any readers out there.

If you’re excited about a book, the best thing you can do to ensure the book’s success—and support the book’s author—is pre-order the book.

Pre-orders are like the ~*unicorns*~ of the book ordering world. They are sparkly, they have fantastic hair, and they hold untold amounts of power.

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Man, look how majestic that pre-order is.^

In all seriousness, when a book receives a lot of pre-orders, the publisher will notice. They’ll see those pre-orders rolling in and take that as a sign that people are TOTALLY PSYCHED for this book, and that the book might just be a goshdarned success.

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Pre-orders help determine a book’s print run—that is, the number of books the publisher prints.

Pre-orders help build hype, which gets ERRYONE EXCITED, including the publisher, and helps the publisher promote the book that much more effectively.

If the book is the first in a series, pre-orders make it that much more likely that the series will continue.

Pre-orders help ensure that the book gets to the shelves in your local bookstore—and stays there.

BUT WAIT.

What if you can’t afford to pre-order the book right now? Or what if you want to purchase the book from your local independent bookstore, and they don’t offer a pre-order option?

NEVER FEAR. There are other things you can do to support the book/author:

  • You can march your cute little tushie to your local bookstore the day the book releases, and buy it then. If your bookstore doesn’t have it, you can request that they order it for you. The more people request a book, the likelier it is the bookstore will stock it!
  • You can strut your hot self to your local public library—you can even do this as soon as today!—and request they order the book. Librarians are good people, and are always eager to discover new books!
  • Once you’ve read the book, you can leave a review of the book on Goodreads and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, major book retailer sites. Reviews help readers discover books. The more reviews a book has, the more quickly and easily it will find an audience. Simple as that.
  • If you are lucky enough to obtain an early review copy of the book, you can immediately start talking up the book and how much you love it and how it gives you ALL THE FEELS—but it’s better to officially review the book (on your blog, on Goodreads, etc.) closer to the release date, rather than months and months in advance.
  • You can talk about and recommend the book to your friends and family members, your co-workers, your teachers, your neighbors, your postal worker, your Zumba teacher, your favorite barista, etc.
  • You can also, of course, do all of the above! (For example, I would not shut up about Kristin Cashore’s books at the library where I used to work, not until I had converted the entire adult services department to rabid Kristin Cashore fans-for-life, just like me.)

Basically, the more copies are sold early on in a book’s life, the better.

If you want to support your favorite book/author, the most helpful thing you can do is buy the book as early as possible—whether that’s a pre-order (remember, they are unicorns!) or a release day buy (which, if we continue the metaphor, are really really really majestic horses—like Black Stallion caliber).

These early sales are the most important sales. They ensure the book’s future.

You—the readers—are the most essential factor in determining a book’s success. Not the publisher. Not the author. YOU.

And that’s one of the reasons why we authors are so grateful for our readers. (There is, of course, also the fact that you love books as much as we do and the matter of your abovementioned cute little tushies.)

We love your emails, your reviews, your tweets, your blog posts. We love seeing your excitement, and knowing that someone out there gets it—gets us, gets our work, gets our characters—and is enthusiastic and vocal enough to help support us.

So, no matter what you can do—whether that’s a pre-order, or a purchase request at your local library, or a kind email letting us know you enjoyed our work—know that we appreciate you. We are lucky to have you in our lives. And we cherish every ounce of your support.

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Despite my aversion to the word “tushies,” this is all true!

"You—the readers—are the most essential factor in determining a book’s success. Not the publisher. Not the author. YOU.

And that’s one of the reasons why we authors are so grateful for our readers. (There is, of course, also the fact that you love books as much as we do and the matter of your abovementioned cute little tushies.)

We love your emails, your reviews, your tweets, your blog posts. We love seeing your excitement, and knowing that someone out there gets it—gets us, gets our work, gets our characters—and is enthusiastic and vocal enough to help support us.

So, no matter what you can do—whether that’s a pre-order, or a purchase request at your local library, or a kind email letting us know you enjoyed our work—know that we appreciate you. We are lucky to have you in our lives. And we cherish every ounce of your support.”

f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s:

This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways

Erik Kwakkel Historian

A few months ago, we showed you a dos-à-dos book—one with a hard back that forms the front of another book. This rare book owned by the National Library of Sweden is even more complex. Erik Kwakkel, a medieval book historian at Leiden University, says that this book is actually six books that are each opened differently. Each book opens and closes with a little clasp.

All of the books are devotional texts printed in Germany in the 1550s through 1570s, including a copy of Martin Luther’s widely-read The Shorter Catechism.The book is currently owned by the National Swedish Library and resides in Stockholm, among the Royal Library’s archives. Only for advanced readers, advanced readers with low attentions spans.

 via Neatorama

- Image: National Library of SwedenDesign

You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.
John Waters (via writingquotes)

tastefullyoffensive:

Useful Children’s Books for People in Their Twenties [more] [collegehumor]

Previously: NSA Surveillance Children’s Books

Each time you open a book and read it,
A tree smiles knowing there’s life after death
Unknown (via pigmenting)
jensencockles:

agent-355:

nolivingman:

piratesswoop:

thedistortedone:

relativemorals:

YES. I’m tired of all of you pretentious assholes saying that I’m not “really reading” because I use a kindle.

Yes, you are reading.You are just reading a “lesser” form of book. Reading isn’t just reading the words on a page/screen, it’s smelling the book, new or old, it’s wearing the books spine out after rereading it for the X’th time, it’s leaving crease marks on a page you flipped too fast because you were that eager to get to the next page, and most of all, it’s losing yourself in a book to the point where the world around you no longer exists. And I, for one, cannot lose myself in an electronic screen. The words of a real book take on a depth that cannot ever be recreated on anything electronic. So you may be reading a book, but you will never truly experience a book unless you read it in a printed medium.

lol this pretentious bullshit. “The words of a real book take on a depth that cannot ever be recreated on anything electronic.” i mean really. anyway, the words of your reblog have no depth or meaning to me since i’m reading them in electronic form, but u tried it

LMAO I CAN’T
go sniff a book and get the fuck off tumblr bc ur electronic words mean nothing 2 me

BUT GUYS IT’S NOT A REAL BOOK B/C YOU CAN’T SMELL IT
YOU CAN’T RUN YOUR TONGUE UP ITS SPINE
YOU CAN’T WHISPER SWEET NOTHINGS IN WHAT YOU PERCEIVE TO BE ITS EAR
do you not realise how creepy you sound
you’re reading a fucking paperback not eating pussy

jensencockles:

agent-355:

nolivingman:

piratesswoop:

thedistortedone:

relativemorals:

YES. I’m tired of all of you pretentious assholes saying that I’m not “really reading” because I use a kindle.

Yes, you are reading.You are just reading a “lesser” form of book. Reading isn’t just reading the words on a page/screen, it’s smelling the book, new or old, it’s wearing the books spine out after rereading it for the X’th time, it’s leaving crease marks on a page you flipped too fast because you were that eager to get to the next page, and most of all, it’s losing yourself in a book to the point where the world around you no longer exists. And I, for one, cannot lose myself in an electronic screen. The words of a real book take on a depth that cannot ever be recreated on anything electronic. So you may be reading a book, but you will never truly experience a book unless you read it in a printed medium.

lol this pretentious bullshit. “The words of a real book take on a depth that cannot ever be recreated on anything electronic.” i mean really. anyway, the words of your reblog have no depth or meaning to me since i’m reading them in electronic form, but u tried it

LMAO I CAN’T

go sniff a book and get the fuck off tumblr bc ur electronic words mean nothing 2 me

BUT GUYS IT’S NOT A REAL BOOK B/C YOU CAN’T SMELL IT

YOU CAN’T RUN YOUR TONGUE UP ITS SPINE

YOU CAN’T WHISPER SWEET NOTHINGS IN WHAT YOU PERCEIVE TO BE ITS EAR

do you not realise how creepy you sound

you’re reading a fucking paperback not eating pussy

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“Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. Those who do not do it, think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting, a sister of the trophy cabinet, bastard of a sound bank account and a weak mind.”
― Jeanette Winterson
(via zombieznomnomnom)
The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books as our anchors, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are windows on the past, mirrors on the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses erected in the dark sea of time.

Mothafreakin’ Disney’s Gargoyles, Season 2, Episode 4, “A Lighthouse In The Sea of Time.”

I know, right?

(via theirishcowgirl)