Monday, April 4, 2011

Getting your hands on books.

This week's IMM included the book Fallen by Kate Lauren. I was surprised at how many people said they couldn't read it because their library doesn't have it.

Like many of you, I don't have a bottomless bank account at the ready to satisfy my book needs. I rely heavily on my local library. So what do I do when they don't have a book I want? Usually I pout for a minute, and then move on, disappointed that I'll never get to read that book.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Did you know you can request your library buy a book? Sometimes, if they don't have the resources or demand to buy the book, they can just borrow it from another library in the area. Sometimes there is a cost to this, but not usually.

It's probably safe to say that all libraries have a website. There should be a "request materials" link somewhere on the website where you can go and suggest the library buy a certain book. It can be on the home page, but not necessarily. If you're having problems finding it, ask someone the next time you stop in.

I'm an author, and in my dream world, every person would have their own personal copy of my book. But I live in reality (no matter how often I vacation to my imagination), and most people don't buy every book they read. Do I mind? No. Not really. I would love to have my book in libraries! I would rather have people reading and enjoying it, and I really mean that.

So, if you're discouraged that your library lacks pizazz, help them out and recommend books for them to buy.

And while you're at it, I know a book you can recommend they buy... Pin It


KT said...

I totally just did this for The Gifted! Funny that you should post about it today. I hope my library will order it.

Maggie said...

I'm such a wimp with librarians. I don't know why. I haven't even been able to ask them if they would get a copy of my own book in yet. I need to buck up I guess!