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Books I Bought to Save Publishing

Yesterday, I posted about the “Buy the Book: 24 Hours to Save Publishing” experiment planned by author Sean Cummings as part of his online campaign called “Save Publishing–Read a Book at Bedtime.” The overall premise is simple: to save publishing, buy books and read daily. He encourages people to set aside 10 minutes for reading before bed. He established a Facebook page and website, and as of today, he has more than 1,000 fans.

On Monday, he encouraged people to buy a book and post what they bought to build some enthusiasm about books and reaidng. On the Facebook website, 282 people said they would “attend” the event. I was among them. I promised to stop myself at five because, well, things can get out of control when it comes to me and books, shoes, or chocolate. Here are the books I ordered today:

WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson (one of my all-time favorite YA authors)
From Amazon: “Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her.”
Wintergirls

IF I STAY and pre-ordered WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman. I listened to the IF I STAY audiobook. It was great. I think one of my students in particular would love it, so I bought it with her in mind. The sequel has already gotten great reviews.
From Amazon: “In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make.”

If I StayWhere She Went
THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker (debut authors)
From Amazon: “Secret societies dominate a posh co-educational private school in this suspenseful, possibly supernatural mystery.”
The Liar Society
XVI by Julia Karr (a debut author)
From Amazon: “In 2150 Chicago, girls are walking billboards. Upon turning 16, they receive government-issued tattoos on their wrists that read “XVI.” They’re supposed to keep the girls safe, but in reality, the tattoos broadcast their brand-new sexual availability.”
XVI
I can’t wait to get my new books! Did you participate? Don’t forget to post on the Facebook page. I’d also love to hear what you bought!

Buy a Book on Monday

Not long ago, author Sean Cummings started an online campaign called “Save Publishing–Read a Book at Bedtime.” The premise is simple: to save publishing, buy books and read daily. He encourages people to set aside 10 minutes for reading before bed. He established a Facebook page and website, and as of today, he has more than 1,000 fans.

He is pushing his experiment by asking people to buy a book on Monday, March 7, 2011. If you participate, he wants you to “post the title of the book you bought to our wall and tell us who you bought it for! Post a picture of it. Post a video of you reading from it! Whatever you want, the sky’s the limit.” He also suggests that you buy from a local, independent bookseller to keep them in business, and to post the cost of the book to show how much money was spent by participants in a day.

I know money is tight for many of us, but if you have the time and a little extra cash, consider buying a print or digital book on Monday to support the reader in your life, not to mention writers, aspiring writers (like yours truly), artists, agents, editors, booksellers, and everyone else involved in the publishing business.

For me, the problem is going to be buying only one. OK, maybe I will buy a couple…after five, I will have to stop myself…maybe…

The “Save Publishing” Campaign

A few times, I have read “The Fun They Had” by Isaac Asimov with my students. In the story, two children marvel over an actual book one discovered in an attic. They don’t attend school anymore and have not ever read a book printed on paper. Instead, they are taught by a personalized robot-computer-teacher. Some of my students laughed it off, calling it far-fetched, but as we know, science fiction often becomes reality. After all, submarines did not exist when Jules Verne wrote 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Books, actual books on paper, may eventually go the way of the VHS tape and DVD. The big hope, of course, is that the publishing business adapts and survives, which means people need to continue to buy reading material and maintain or start a daily reading habit.

This is the idea behind author Sean Cummings’ online campaign called “Save Publishing–Read a Book at Bedtime.” He has established a Facebook page and website. Within a short time, the Facebook page has 900+ fans. Today, he has posted a “Buy the Book: 24 Hours to Save Publishing” event on March 7, which I will also share with you.

My interest in this campaign is two-fold. As a teacher, I have seen what a daily reading habit can do for students. As an aspiring writer, of course I’d like the publishing business to survive. Consider “liking” the page, taking the nightly reading challenge, and buying a book on March 7.
Happy reading!