Friday, June 2, 2017

Armchair Book Expo 2017 Day 3 - Delving Into Diversity & Dining With Authors

Armchair Book Expo 2017 Day 3
Can you believe that it's already day 3 of Armchair Book Expo? Time flies when you're having fun! I missed yesterday's Twitter party as I didn't make it home in time, but hoping to make today's party at 2pm EST.

Decided to tackle both topics today, so let's dive right in!

Delving Into Diversity

Book Expo sparked quite the controversy a couple years ago regarding diversity in books and authors. Where are we now? OR, let's take a different direction and explore the diversity of the format of a book. Do we judge a book by its cover and/or content (e.g.,, audio, digital, graphic, etc.)? Or, combine the two topics and discuss diversity found in alternative content (e.g., representation in graphic novels). Get creative and maybe even controversial!

Going to stick to diversity in book formats as I tend to be a little oblivious when it comes to diversity in books and authors. Remember, I'm the person who always has to be reminded that Zaphod Beeblebrox had two heads! Like I said, I'm not very observant.

Cover Bias

Everyone knows that we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I freely admit that I judge. I've passed up several books because the covers were either ugly or so poorly done that I didn't trust that the story would be any good.

Let's face it, first impressions are important. I don't care how awesome the book is, if the cover stinks, then I'm probably not going to pick it up. On the other hand, I've been seduced by beautiful covers before only to be disappointed with the story inside. Does that make me a shallow reader?

Does Format Matter?

When ebooks first came out, I have to admit that I climbed up on my high horse and declared myself firmly against them. I was #TeamPhysicalBook all the way! They were an abomination! How dare they try to replace my beloved paperbacks! Yep, I was more than a little anti-ebook.

Then I slowly came around. I bought a nook. Then another one. And another. Then I caved and asked for a Kindle last Christmas and now I have an entire family of ereaders. (If you want more details on how I crossed to the dark side way back in 2010, be sure to check out my old post.)

Did we mention the cookies?
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What can I say? When I cave, I cave big! But I do have a little high horse left in me when it comes to audio books, as I'm still holding out. Several of my blogging buddies adore ebooks, and some of them have even sent me audio books to try and convert me! But no, I still prefer reading to listening. 

You never know though, as now I'm #Teamebook so maybe someday I'll be #TeamAudiobook as well. But I doubt it....

Dining With the Authors

Every year at Book Expo, children and adult authors are featured during breakfast. Who would you dream of enjoying a meal with? Would it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply coffee? What would your meal be? What would you discuss?

If you know me at all, then you know my answer:  Neil Gaiman.

It would have to be over coffee instead of an actual meal, because I sincerely doubt I'd be able to eat anything.

And judging from my past behavior when meeting favorite authors, I'd have to write down my questions ahead of time because I'll be struck mute and just sit there staring like a total doofus.

Frankly, I don't care what he talked about so long as I could sit across from him and listen. Yeah, I've got it bad....

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Who would you want to sit down with? Would you be able to actually eat anything, or would you be too starstruck? Would you want a one-on-one meeting or a round table with several of your favorite authors? And am I the only one who'd be struck mute?

12 comments:

  1. I tend to be all over for format. My preference is always a physical book that I can flip pages on, but for reviews I'll take an ebook. I've been slow to get back into audiobooks. I'd like to think I wouldn't be mute but a list of questions sure would come in handy. Day #3 Diversity & Dining

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    1. After further thought, I'd probably just hand him my list of questions as I don't think I'd be able to speak! Yeah, I've got it bad. :)

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  2. I don't have a dedicated ebook reader but I do read them on my phone and computer. Armchair Book Expo: May Inclusive Reading Report.

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    1. I have a problem reading on my laptop for some reason, which lead to my first ereader. It's been a slippery slope ever since! lol

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  3. I used to feel the same way about audiobooks. I'm still not obsessed with them but I do like listening to them more than I did.

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    1. I think I'm afraid that I'd just sit there and listen to the story instead of multi-tasking. If that's the case, then I might as well read instead!

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  4. I used to be anti-e-book as well but now I find mine so useful for traveling and checking out books from the library -- at midnight! I think they serve a useful purpose without completely replacing print (I will always want a print copy of the books I really love).

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    1. You're right about ebooks being in addition to print books, but not replacing them! I'll always love my print books, but ebooks do come in handy sometimes. :)

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  5. Great pick! I love Neil Gaiman!

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    1. Isn't he wonderful? One of the few men I'd run away with. ha!

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  6. Egads! Ebooks? *falls down flat* Just kidding...sorta. Still a tree book fan, myself, only ebook on occasion....like when I have no other option...but still, reading is reading and THAT should be celebrated. ^-^ Still not on board with audio books though...my mental narrator out narrates the professionals any day. As for dinner with an author...I'd probably clam up...not sure if I'd eat or not, truthfully. I mean, I can chat online but face to face, I still get quiet.

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    1. Believe me, I fought the lure of the ereader for a long time! But now I love the convenience, especially when I just HAVE to have a certain book right NOW!

      And I feel you on clamming up. I couldn't say a word to Jeri Smith-Ready until the third time I met her, and all I could do was blurt out that I loved her books. Then I ran away in embarrassment! lol

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