Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. I wanted to take the time to help educate those that live in the US/UK/EU/AUS that the privilege we experience is not universal and thought that one of the most constructive ways that I can boost marginalized voices is to help share their experiences.
Friends, let’s talk real quick about the privilege that we in the US/UK/AUS have because we live where we do.
The Big Five publishing houses are largely HQ’d in the US and Europe:
– Hachette [France]
– Penguin/Random House
– Simon & Schuster https://t.co/XyFIrsJHEU
— Kaleena 📚 Reader Voracious (@kalventure) July 28, 2018
Using my above Tweet thread as a guide, I created a 14 question interview and asked the international book blogging community if they would be interested in sharing their experiences for a post. I received such an overwhelming response that what was originally planned as one post has grown into this series!
Each post will highlight a full interview with one international reader and I will update this master page to include links to each interview organized by country/region. The first interview post was published on August 19, 2018 and is now a weekly post happening on Saturdays!
Consu @ papereyedgirl
Maria @ mariahossainblog
Inge @ Of Wonderland
Maria @ bookish4life
Safiyya @ Phantom Paper
Silje @ inkedbybooks
Clo @ Book Dragons 24/7
Suraj @ Books N Myself
Camilla @ Reader Attic
Devyn Jase @ devynjase.com
Jossie @ thebookdragoncorner
A Restless Traveler
Hamad @ thebookprescription
Elisa @ bookishexpat
United Arab Emirates
Nicka @ Wander with Nicka
Please note that all experiences reflected in the interviews are personal and are not meant to generalize what reading access is like in each country. If you are interested in participating please DM me on Twitter.
Resources for International Bloggers
- Marta has put together an amazing guide to ARCs for International readers here!
- Shealea put together an amazing and extensive guide on how to read more books for free without resorting to piracy as an international reader!
- The Flapping Pages International ARC Program aims to serve as a hub for trading ARCs, with the focus of ensuring that more get into the hands of international and own voices readers.
- The Confuzzled Reader has a series where bloggers recommend books that accurately reflect the people and their region/country/state. Check out the posts!
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