|President-Elect Obama also writes books, so I’m sure he’s all for you going out and buying one or ten.|
The other day I found Editorial Ass, a blog written by Moonrat, a self-described recovering editorial assistant. While giving her take on the dismal book sales of October she offered up this suggestion:
Buy a book this weekend.
Just buy one.
Buy your sister a book instead of a sweater for her birthday; buy your friend who can’t even make toast or boil water a beginner’s cookbook; buy your company’s receptionist a novel you liked because most people probably ignore him/her (it’s always a her, though, isn’t it?) and you’ll make his/her day.
Buy your holiday gifts now. Instead of a CD for your brother, buy him a book on his favorite recording artist.
Instead of going to the library this one week buy the book you were going to read–it might only be a difference of a couple of bucks in the end. One day this week, make a peanut butter sandwich, skip going out for lunch, and buy a paperback.
Got an anniversary? Skip chocolates; fiction is sexy.
Got a non-reading friend with a birthday? Buy them a book and tell them it’s high time they got over it. Or, more kindly, that you’re doing it to sponsor your own future writing career. Or blame me if you must; I can take it.
I think this is a great idea. Kind of like the Great American Smoke Out, where one day everyone stops smoking, there can be a day where everyone buys a book. Now this isn’t to say they can’t/shouldn’t buy books other days too, just special day where even people who don’t normally buy books make an effort to get out there and do it for the common good. More to bring attention to the idea that books make great gifts (even for one’s self).
So, as I write this, Moonrat’s latest blog has her apologizing to a librarian who was upset about the part suggesting not going to the library one week. Everyone knows I’m a huge library fan, but people need to lighten up. You can still go to a library and buy a book in the same week. Goodness knows, I’ve done it enough. I have many librarian friends and I know that circulation counts, but without the publishing industry in business, there would be no new books to put in the libraries.
I’ve always given books as gifts (yes, the big joke in the family is that I read them first, but that way I can tell them how good the story is).
Now take this idea for what it’s worth and give yourself permission to spend the money for the greater good.
Bottom Line: I’m going out today with my list and gift cards to buy, buy, buy and who knows, it may even be for you!