Monday, October 29, 2012

How powerful are book blogs?

Photo by Zsuzsanna Kilian
Although we hold the occasional squee-fest for books we love, this isn't primarily a book-reviewing blog. It is true however, that a lot of blogs we read and interact with are first and foremost book blogs.

And I have a question about that...

I've heard some industry professionals express confidence that the book-blogging community can do a lot to spread the word about a book and even help sales. 

  • How effective do YOU think book blogs are in alerting readers about new books and helping them decide what to read? 
  • How much of your TBR pile is brought to your attention by book blogs? 
  • How many fellow readers whom you swap recommendations with are online vs. "in real life"?
  • Do you think book blogs influence which stories sell better than others? 

Are book blogs powerful in your reading life? 

I am really interested to know what you think about this!  Please let us know in the comments!


  1. The last few books I read, I actually did grab because I'd seen them on blogs. So I guess I'll have to say 'yes', it does help spread the word.

  2. Personally, I feel that book blogs do influence my reading. They are powerful entities that have introduced me to new book, old books, and even new genres.

  3. I have purchased a number of books based on their reviews by some of my favourite bloggers. So yes, I'd say they are helpful. It depends on the blog though, and its promotion.

  4. I feel like I am definitely influenced by book reviews on blogs now that I am a blogger, but I wasn't before. Word of mouth has always been how I found out about books, though, and we have so many new ways of passing on our thoughts about books now. Goodreads is another place I find books, through "friends" and reviews.

  5. I am more likely to take a recommendation from a friend then off a book blog. However, most of my friends are reading Aristotle and Adam Smith at present. So I've started reading more book blogs.

    A recent good recommentation was "Persephone: Daughter of Zeus" by Kaitlin Bevis. Apparently Hades is actually a nice guy. I've always thought he might be.

  6. Reading blogs have definitely influenced my choice of works to read. In a great way :)

    New follower..

  7. I would say about 90% of my TBR pile is a direct result of book bloggers. I don't take just one blogger's opinion though - I read several reviews/opinions on a book I haven't heard of before adding it to my own TBR pile.

  8. Thanks for giving your two cents, guys! This is interesting. :)

  9. I've bought several books I've seen recommended on a blog I follow.