Hello lovely bookworms!
I’m going to open a new section on my blog where I will talk about a certain topic and we can all debate on it. Of course we all have to be polite and not be rude or aggressive if someone disagrees with our point of view. I just want us to talk and have meaningful conversations with each other, interact with more people and just make more friends. However, I will try this idea first and if it completely backfires, I will stop it and I will stick to my regular posts.
This time, I want to talk about the drawbacks of being a reader outside the United States. Everything I’m going to be talking about is based on my situation and experience as a reader who likes reading books in English and is living in a country where our first language is not English, as well as being in a territory where not many like reading. Now that I have clarified this, let’s get into it!
To get all the books that I want to read, I have to buy them online because in my country there are no bookstores where I can find the books that I want. There might be some, but sometimes they have only the first book of the series and I have to find a way to get the rest. In order to avoid this, I find it better to buy all my books online, which can be fun, but sometimes I just want to go to a bookstore and wander through the isles, coming across new books I haven’t heard about before.
2. Attending book events
Months ago, BEA and BookCon took place and I just had to watch everything from Instagram stories because going to that kind of events is expensive. I’m not saying that for people living in the US is cheaper or even free, what I’m trying to say is that I live in a country where our economy is not that great, so I have to make even more sacrifices than some to buy a plain ticket, book room hotels and find places to eat. Also, many authors go on tour, but they only go to the US, Canada and maybe Australia and some places in Europe. The only times that we, people from other parts of the world, get to meet our favorite author, is when they come to book events held in our countries and that only happens once a year (if we’re lucky).
For some book releases, there are some pre-order incentives where you get the book and a little extra goodie or something. This extra thing only applies to the US most of the time, and unless you have family living in the States or a friend who loves you so much, you can get the incentive if they let you borrow their address. For example, when pre-ordering Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, you got an exclusive prequel of the Illuminae Files. There was no other way for you to get that prequel than by pre-ordering Aurora Rising and all this only applied for the US. Well, actually you could get the prequel even if you lived outside the US, but the shipping rate was so expensive, you ended up paying more for shipping fees than for the book itself. And this leads me to my next point.
4. Shipping fees
Yes, buying online is what save us, international readers, but sometimes shipping is extremely expensive. It makes you feel so discourage that at the end you don’t buy the book because you pay for shipping fees instead of the actual book. It’s like “oh hey, pay for this fees and we’re going to include a book!” Fortunately there are websites like Book Depository that ship free worldwide and it is just like heaven.
5. Having a massive book collection
Due to all this problems, international readers don’t have gigantic book collections. Personally, I have to buy the books that I am really going to read because I don’t have the space and money. Seeing all those photos of people with big book collections, sometimes makes me feel like I’m not a good enough reader, which is dumb because the amount of books I have doesn’t dictate my value as a book lover.
Okay, these were the five reasons why I sometimes don’t like being an international reader. I tried to think of at least one more, but these are basically the things that always cross my mind. This is why I wish I lived in the US, or at least near it to buy books at a more reasonable price. But we can’t have it all in life, right?
In the comments tell me if you agree or disagree with me, or simply just your opinion on the matter.
Until the next post!
Happy reading 💙