Filipino Friday #3: Five Ways I Can Support Filipino Authors

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For the 3rd week of Filipino Friday, we’re asked:

Let us know what are the Five (5) ways you can support Filipino authors? Buying their books is definitely the best way to do so, but what more can we do?

The most obvious is to buy their books, especially the indie and self-published authors. Unlike authors who don’t have a contract with publishers, they don’t get any earnings until their book is sold. I know a lot (if not most) of these authors don’t write for the money, but it’s great that we can still purchase it. Believe me, seeing that someone bought your book is such a thrill, and even if that’s just $0.99.

Spread the word! I find that the best way to get other to purchase and read a book is to talk about it. While authors do their thing for publicity, as a reader you can do your part. Some people may not want to pick up a book because of its cover, or its genre, but if they hear you talk about it (why you liked it, you know the author, or for whatever reason) there’s a bigger chance that they’ll buy it and read it.

Give it as a gift. Buying a copy of a local author’s book and giving it as a gift helps create awareness about it. You can give it to anyone, be it an ebook copy or a physical copy.

Join and host giveaways! A lot of giveaway mechanics have people follow social media accounts of authors, and one share equals to one entry. While it may sound a bit trite, it’s pretty effective. When you share the link to the giveaway, there’s a hug chance that people who follow you will be curious. That’s already one extra person who’ll know about it.

Attend events. While authors love it when you buy their books, they love it even more when they get to meet you. So if the author says he or she will be at this event for a talk or a book signing, go (schedule permitting, of course). You can tell them up close how much you enjoyed their work. From the writer’s POV, it’s really cool when you get to talk to someone who has read your work. They’re appreciative of you, and they feel a humble pride that someone has read and liked their book.

If you enjoyed reading the book, tell others about it.

Filipino Friday #4: This is still reading, right?

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The question for this week’s Filipino Friday is, in my interpretation, all about technology.

Do you read (or have at least tried to read) books in other formats aside from print? How was your experience with these different book formats?

I’ve started reading ebooks long before I had an ebook reader or a smartphone. I had pdf or lit files that I’d read on my computer. These were books that were mostly free, and stuff that I don’t normally see in bookstores (because they were from indie writers and publishers).

I got a Kindle Touch as a birthday gift from my aunt and since then, I think 90% of the books I’ve read were digital versions. I still buy printed books, but because of my recent lack of space at home and smaller budget, ebooks are space and cost efficient alternatives.

Thanks to the Kindle, I have no problems with ebooks. I hated reading on my laptop because it was bulky, and after a while my eyes hurt from the screen’s glare. Same goes with my phones. The Kindle was easy on the eyes and lightweight. I guess so long as I have that, reading digital books won’t be such a problem for me. Also, here is a somewhat related post.

I have tried audiobooks, but it wasn’t for me. If I listen to an audiobook in bed, I end up falling asleep even before the chapter’s done. If I listen to it while trying to do chores, I don’t understand anything. I did try to listen to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, specifically, the chapter about Harry’s 18th birthday. I eventually memorized the first five or so paragraphs — because I kept starting there and I’d be asleep around that part.

Of course, printed books will always be the priority, but ebooks on a proper ebook reader is a very close second.

Also… just a friendly reminder, ReaderCon is on November 9!!!!

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Filipino Friday #3: The Pinoy Book Drop

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As much as I wanted to participate in the book drop activity, I couldn’t. Happily, there’s two questions in today’s Filipino Friday so the non-participants can join in still.

Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience. Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place? If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? Where do you get your books nowadays? Do you still go to bookstores, or do you buy/order books online?

My main source of books are still the bookstores. They’re easy to go to and these days, many already have the latest releases nearly on the same date as the Western releases, so it’s not hard to find something you want. I can’t think of a specific memorable book buying/hunting experience though. I’d like to think that each trip I take for books is fun and memorable in its own way.

I do, however, love visiting secondhand bookstores and diving into the bargain bins. I also love exploring places along Recto that sell used books, but many of which are still in fairly good condition. These places are also where I find books that are no longer in print, or haven’t been reprinted and sold in the regular shops. It’s also a great place to find good books at bargain prices. I love looking for books here so much that I have a post about secondhand bookstores and buying books from there.

I’ve had plenty of luck finding great books in bargain bins and secondhand bookstores. I’ve been able to complete series thanks to these jaunts. My friends have taken to bringing me along when they want to find specific books, because I somehow uncannily find them without really exerting much effort.

I’ve done some buying of books online too, but this is mostly for secondhand books as well. The only books I’ve bought over sites like Amazon are digital books, which I read over my Kindle.

If I find a dropped book, I definitely take it home and read it. Unless, it’s something that I’ve read before and then I’d probably leave it for some other person to find. On that note, I’ll try to drop a book over the weekend. Just because the Filipino Friday question has been done, doesn’t mean I can’t continue it. 😀

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Don’t forget that the 3rd Filipino ReaderCon: What Do Readers Want? will be on November 9, 2013, 8:00am to 6:00pm at the Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila University. See you there.

Filipino Friday (2): Kids and Books

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This week’s Filipino Friday question is something close to my heart. Well, it is books so that’s a given, but it’s also about children’s books (which I’d include young adult fiction).

What were your favorite books as a kid or while you were growing up? Do you still read children’s books? If you could give your younger self a book to read, what would it be?

Difficult, difficult question. I had a lot of favorite books when I was a kid. Every weekend my parents would let me buy one toy or book, and my godmother/aunt would give me books every birthday and Christmas. Not to mention the people I could borrow books from: other aunts and uncles, friends, the library.

I suppose if I had to trim it down, my favorite books would be the works of Enid Blyton, my Lolo’s big book of stories, the Nancy Drew series and Sweet Valley Twins. Enid Blyton was the first British writer I’ve ever read, so at a young age I was already aware of pixies and brownies and lorries and bobbies. Her stories were those of mischievous kids and other-world beings that spoke of grand adventures, treasure hunts and mysteries.

Nancy Drew, of course, is a classic. To a young girl, she embodied the “girl power” kind of mantra. Because Nancy goes out and solves mysteries, fights bad guys and always wins in the end. The Sweet Valley series gave me glimpse into a world very different from my own. Middle school (or in my case, Intermediate) for me didn’t have cliques or bullies or cheering squads. Girls and boys don’t date (but crushes are all right) and we were still kids by Pinoy standards, but in Sweet Valley, twelve seems so mature.

The book my grandpa had was one he brought home from the time he studied in the U.S. It’s a very thick book filled with hundreds of stories: some fairy tales, some excerpts from other works, some adaptations and the like. Unfortunately, someone borrowed it and lost it, which breaks my heart.

Ok, I’ll stop at these because if I don’t, this post will reach a thousand words. 😛

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Couple of YA books that I have, still fairly new. The rest I’ve got stashed back in Zamables.

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Filipino Fridays 2013: Introduction

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Filipino Friday 2013 kicks off with this question, “What kind of reader are you?” based on this infographic by Laura E. Kelly.

Going through the infographic, I realized that I cannot be pinned down to just one kind of book reader. I’m definitely a mutt, because of the way I feel about books and reading in general. I’m a free-range reader because while I have my favorite genres, I try to read anything. However I’m also a combination of other kinds.

I definitely am a compulsive book reader. I read through the descriptions and every one of them fits me to a T. I rarely lend books because I am OCD about the condition it’ll be when it’s returned (proven many times *sigh*), I display them on my bookcases, and I definitely believe in finishing a book in one sitting.

There’s also a few descriptions in the situational category that fit. I’m definitely a Kindle convert because it’s so convenient (but I maintain that printed books are still the best, and if I loved the digital version, I’d buy the print). I’m somewhat app happy too because of it. I’m a comfort reader and sleepy bedtime reader (which I blame on the fact that I feel compelled to finish a book in one sitting). Bathroom reader? Guilty.

I’m don’t read for prestige, because it just seems silly (and people can see through that, especially if the person’s a true book lover). I can never be a hater, because, well, if I hated books, I’d have no life.

How about you? What kind of reader are you?

P.S. Don’t forget! Filipino ReaderCon will be on November 9! Check out this lovely badge by Trizha Ko. Hope to see you there!

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