You would need to be living under an insulated rock to be unaware of the fragile state the publishing industry currently finds itself in. It is rough time for bookshops and books in general. And if we, the book loving public do not act responsibly, the books we love so much will deteriorate into eBooks, our bookshops will disappear and our libraries will shut down. Imagine, the horror of never being able to flip through the crisp pages of a well crafted work or not having the pleasures of reading the previous readers notes in a second hand book.
So I think to be proactive we cannot let that happen to us.
So hence here I have compiled a list of how we can all be responsible book lovers and how we can keep the book industry alive.
How we can all be responsible book lovers
If you are a book lover support the bookshops you cherish. You need to remind them with your love and support that at least you (if no one else) needs their existence.
Attend your bookshop’s and library’s events, talks and book launches.
Love alone does not pay the bills, buy a book or two from your book store when you can.
If you appreciate the person from the book shop or library you get books from, tell them, chat to them, they are human too and they need to be reminded that we cherish passionate bookshop and library staff.
Buy from good, reputable and ethical book sellers. There was a recent article that stated that Exclusive Books made a R5 million loss due to theft. If you see a brand new book being sold at a street corner, question where the copy came from. It is not rocket science.
If possible please do support bookshops more than eTailers. Let us support our local shops.
If you find a book you like at the library then buy a copy if you can. It is hard to be an author, let us not neglect them.
If you love a local author then let them know. They too are human. Attend their launches, talks and events.
If you absolutely have to then buy the eBook if you prefer that – the author will still get some royalties for that.