Hey everyone! I thought I’d discuss with you all what it is like to be an international reader today since I really can not seem to get back into reading after my book hangover and hence, have no reviews to post and nor any motivation to do any book tags.
I’m from India.
I thing I’ve said this time and often and you all must now that by know.
India may be the 7th largest country with the 2nd most population, accounting for 17.7% of the population of the whole world, but still, we do not have many resources regarding various things such as access to ARCs or any book events or a lot of book boxes and merchandise.
So, what does it mean for me?
I get most of my books online. Sure, there are quite a few bookstores around and since I live in the capital, New Delhi I have a lot more access to them but, still, I am unable to go to the bookstores very often and when I do go, they very rarely have any books that I’ve not already read/ own.
Most books I see there are from certain famous authors, such as Rick Riordian, Cassandra Clare, etc. and I really end up having no choice but to order online most of the time.
Next, when we talk of libraries, there are quite a few libraries here but getting memberships to borrow books from them is very hard and honestly, it is just easier to buy books than try libraries.
A lot of them don’t refresh their stock or update and get new books and it is also very hard to go to them, given the distance from my house and the traffic that is ever present in Delhi.
It takes me minimum 40 minutes to get to the nearest library that is well, good and has a few books that I’d like to borrow and read and it is impossible to go there more than once a month because of the distance.
Moving on, let us talk about ARCs.
Most ARCs are just ‘Wish For It‘ for me and it’s really hard to get accepted for those I request. Moreover, getting a Physical ARC is impossible for me! I understand why it is so, given shipping costs to get the book all the way to India but I guess, they could do something about eARCs as there are quite a few Indian book bloggers over here and sending over eARCs isn’t hard.
Moreover, when it comes to various book or author events, there are none here.
We just have comic con once a year and it falls right in the middle of my exams and I am able to go. The only author I’ve actually ever met is Ruskin Bond because he lives in Mussorie, a hill station, goes to this bookshop every Sunday to meet people and I’ve been lucky enough to be there and meet him three times!
So, that’s what being an international book blogger and reader means for me.
What does it mean for you? What has your journey been like? Tell me in the comments below!