Thursday, 16 April 2009

Discussion Point - What Shape Is Your Reading In.

I read alot, if you haven’t caught onto that yet – let me tell you now “i read a hell of a lot of books”. However I have been doing alot of organization of books recently, both for my TBR pile and home library as well, and of course the dreaded bedside table – or in my case a bedside bookshelf…

A few questions keep popping up and after reading two really good articles – I have decided to toss a few questions out there…

The first articles is Recession Fuels Readers’ Escapist Urges


In a recession, what people want is a happy ending.

At a time when booksellers are struggling to lure readers, sales of romance novels are outstripping most other categories of books and giving some buoyancy to an otherwise sluggish market.

Harlequin Enterprises, the queen of the romance world, reported that fourth-quarter earnings were up 32 percent over the same period a year earlier, and Donna Hayes, Harlequin’s chief executive, said that sales in the first quarter of this year remained very strong. While sales of adult fiction overall were basically flat last year, according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tracks about 70 percent of retail sales, the romance category was up 7 percent after holding fairly steady for the previous four years.

Motoko Rich © The New York Times…


Another article that follow up on this is Demand for Romance Fiction on the Increase During Recession

Liate Stehlik, publisher of William Morrow and Avon, imprints of Harper Collins, warns not to underestimate the value of reader loyalty, even in a recession. “It’s a very dedicated audience who doesn’t see it as a luxury as much as a necessity,” Stehlik said.

Sales of romance fiction are also propping up the fledgling eBook market, which despite early forecasts that sales of ebooks would eventually overtake print sales, has only managed to claim a 1 per cent share of total book sales. Fictionwise, a leading ebook retailer says 50 per cent of their sales come from romance books.

Deborah Robinson © Australian Women Online


After reading these,  I had to step back and look at my reading habits over the past 8 months as compared to the last two years prior..

  1. Am i reading more in the last eight months.
  2. Does the economic situation play any part in an increase or a decrease in my reading habits.
  3. Has print or digital books (Publisher/Authors) – capitalise on the “Recession’ to provide that escapism that we all need.
  4. Would I be a book slut what ever the situation – Would i read come hell or high water. 
  5. Has the “tightening of my purses” lead me to try and experiment with my reading.


My Answers.

  1. I want to say no, but i find i am reading more – One of the main reason is that i didn’t have a blog this time last year. Another thing is probably with age (and i am not that old) i have learned to priorities and make some ‘ME TIME” and reading does it for me.
  2. I have to say YES and NO. Yes – where i would be the first in the queue to get a hot off the press book on release. I find I am waiting until the book goes to paperback or ebook to capture the reduction in cost. And NO – just the fact that with waiting and ebooks – I end up getting probably three ebooks as compare to one print book – so my hard drive has seen a whole lot of activity in the last 6 months.
  3. Again Yes and No and these answers applies to both type of book. YES – Authors/Publishers are realising that books are flying off the shelf – we need our patches of smut or just to sail away from it all and both print and ebook publishers have been thick and fast in pumping them out. NO – as with really good book coming out – there is also a whole lot of crap hitting the shelf’s as well – Books with little or no plot, editing issues, clearly published to print/digital just for the money – and they were just not worth it.
  4. Definately yes – i would have to be dead not to read – or find some way to cater to my book habits ( I hold my hand up – I’ll do some creative shopping –just to go on my monthly book binge).
  5. Definately yes  -I find i am trying alot of new authors that comes out in print cheaper – than the J.R. Wards or the Nora Robert’s and of course there are huge reduction in ebook shopping, so something to lure me there every time. Something else I find I am doing a whole lot more of is using the library – I am really bad at wanting to give books back – that was one of the reasons i rarely use the library – but i find i am slowing visiting more and more over the past few months.,


Let me know what your thing is and what shape your reading is in.


13 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 16 April 2009 at 12:18 said...

I have always been a library kind of gal, mostly I only buy books I have read and loved....the rest I hint that people buy for xmas and bdays lol

Mandi on 16 April 2009 at 12:39 said...

I think I would have very similar answers. I have not ventured quite so much into ebooks yet, but if it is not one of my top fav authors, I do try to wait until pb comes out. There are always exceptions though:)

Jo on 16 April 2009 at 13:54 said...

1. I probably am reading more, but that's since starting my book blog. Now I write reviews, I feel I have a duty to get books read, rather than having mini breaks in between that I might have had otherwise. Nothing to do with the recession though.
2. The economic situation hasn't played any part as far as I can see. I've always read. I've always bought books. Nothing's really changed.
3. I suppose the book industry is taking advantage of the recession by making ebooks available, etc, but I don't really know much about it to comment.
4. I can't see any time when I wouldn't read. The recession isn't effecting my book buying or reading habits.
5. See above. Not effecting me. However I am trying new authors I haven't read before, but that's down to book blogging and reading reviews on other blogs.

Great discussion! :)

Reverie on 16 April 2009 at 14:05 said...

I will sell my soul for JR Ward. But I agree with you seems like I would rather read than go to movies(that could easily cost up to $20)and books hold you over for a few days. It is entertainment for cheaper. and better might I add.

I have been reading more this yr than last but much like you it is b/c of the blog not so much the recession I think.

But if it is true, that we are getting more readers as a result of the recession, hell, i welcome it and support it!

Unknown on 16 April 2009 at 14:57 said...

Hi EH!

I've always read a ton of books, and yes, I like to buy. But I do get some at the local library. I also tend to donate books, at least the hardbacks to the library, they just don't have the money to buy the new releases, so I share when I can. I don't buy a huge volume of books, but I do buy what I like and ebooks are cheaper, but reading from the computer is hard on my eyes. I'm hoping to get an ereader of some kind this summer (keeping fingers and toes crossed!) I read, read, read, and read some more! I just love entering new worlds or different places, when you think about it, it's way cheaper than a weekly vacation. My TBR stack is literally a mountain, or maybe I should say mountain lion because it keeps roaring at me and if I not careful it erupting all over the place, and the TBB list is never ending and I add to it daily. I try to keep buying down to one book per week, and I like to try new authors. I'm not opposed to buying used books or bargain bin books in B & N or Borders has where you get a second chance to buy. Too much information??

Dottie :)

Lea on 16 April 2009 at 16:18 said...

Hey EH!

Another Great Post!

1. Am i reading more in the last eight months? Actually less, which upsets me, mainly because I've been blogging a great deal and the dreaded day job has been taking up far too much time. Hopefully this will be remedied soon.

2.Does the economic situation play any part in an increase or a decrease in my reading habits.
Has print or digital books (Publisher/Authors) – capitalise on the “Recession’ to provide that escapism that we all need. The enconomic situation hasn't played any part in my reading habits.

3. Would I be a book slut what ever the situation – Would i read come hell or high water? Reading has been part of who I am forever, so yes call me a book slut, whore, whatever term suits!! lol

4.Has the “tightening of my purses” lead me to try and experiment with my reading? I haven't given it any thought with respect to my reading. I have so many books on my TBR it's scary so I just keep trying to pick up and enjoy!

Warm Regards

Cecile Smutty Hussy on 16 April 2009 at 17:43 said...

Hey E.H.,
I am back!!!
This is a great post! Actually, I love the 10 commandment one too!!

I have been reading more in the past eight months that I have in the past two years... because of the ME factor. It is now my time to do what I want/love to do. My daughter is old enough to "take care of herself" and hubby... well, I don't have to worry about him. But, I was an avid reader before and now I finding other people like yourself who love books just as much as me and I can talk about them with you guys... which is a bonus!! The recession has not slowed me down. If anything that has helped me because instead of wanting to go somewhere or do something, I find myself wanting to stay home and read!
I don't have a ereader yet, don't know if I will be getting one. But since we share a computer at home, it is hard for me to obtain it long enough to read a whole book on it. And there is something about a book in my hand that makes me fall in love!
I do find myself wanting to swap with people or share my collection with them because money is tight for everyone. Our local library does not have a very big selection of books that interest me. And I am a bog hog. I love owning the book. I will share whatever I have, but I must own it at some point. Especially if the cover is smokin hot!
You are such an awesome person with great ideas!!!
Hope you are having a great evening!!!
Love hugz and smile!

Anonymous said...

Oh compared to two years ago I read three times as much now. Not because of the economy but rather because my TBR is out of control and I have to somehow get it to receed. I doubt I'll ever get to them all.

VampFanGirl on 16 April 2009 at 21:24 said...

OMG, I've read more books in the last couple years than I have any other time in my life! My book obsession really took off when I discovered romance and it's never abated. The recession doesn't have any impact on my book buying. I buy ALL THE TIME! When I have money. When I don't have money. And even when I really don't have money. :)

Great post!

:) VFG

Lily on 16 April 2009 at 21:53 said...

Another very interesting post!!

1- I have always been a voracious reader so it's hard to say if I'm reading more. I read ALL the time!!

2- My TBB list is long as sometimes I don't have too much extra money but since my TBR list is at about 200 hundred ebooks and a few print books that's not a bad thing.

3- I agree with your answer.

4- I am Queen of the book sluts!!! I am hardly ever more than a few feet away from my Sony Reader. It goes in my purse everywhere I go. The only thing I need is more time to read!!!

5- Not really. I pretty much stopped buying print books when I bought my Reader a couple of years ago. Now I only get print books when it's something related to a series I already have in print (such as JR Ward) or when I find an ebook that I can't resist adding to my "physical" library.

To sum it up, I've been reading non-stop since I was about 10 years old and discovered the joy of reading a good book. And believe me when I say it's been a lot of years since then. As my husband says, I'll have to be buried with my Reader because I just can't imagine not reading.

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming on 16 April 2009 at 22:34 said...

I've become a reading maniac in the past two years, but I've always been a big reader, but lately it's really become a way of life for me. I know I'm experiencing some sort of escapism since mostly I'm reading romances. I didn't start reading them until last year, before then it was mostly historical fiction or classics, though I did go through a big Pride and Prejudice fanfiction stage after 9/11. I read to escape, I admit it. Lately, I've had a lot of issues being thrown at me and reading is therapeutic to me.

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 12:00 said...

Hey Blodeuedd..

Thanks for mentioning the library I have updated the post to include that as well.

I don't hint at the family - I tell them what I want - why beat around the bush if you don't have to.


Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 12:07 said...

Hey Jo,

I can relate to reading more and keeping it fresh for the blog...

E-readers are the way of the future , eventually it's a road we all will go down..