Reading Around the Globe: Olly in England
“There has been a trend this year in the UK of local authorities closing libraries to cut costs.“
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. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series and catch up on previous interviews on the master post.
- What is your name? Olly Clarke
- Blog URL? Crimonlly
- Twitter handle? @whatmeworry
- Where do you live? England
- Do you find that there is a culture of reading where you live? If not, tell us a bit how you came to be one! Yes
- What kinds of books do you enjoy reading? I mostly read fiction, specifically crime, horror and sci fi, but I try to read widely.
- Have you always been a reader? Absolutely.
- Do you also read books published in your native language/published locally to you? If so, tell us a bit about what kinds of books are published in your country! Not specifically.
- Are there libraries where you live? If so, what kinds of books can you find there? Are you able to get the books that you want? There are libraries, and I’m lucky to have one in the town I live in which I use regularly. However there has been a trend this year in the UK of local authorities closing libraries to cut costs.
- How prevalent are English published books where you live in bookstores? (For example, books printed by HarperCollins.) Very 🙂
- Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss to request electronic galleys for review? If so, what kind of success rate would you estimate for you personally? Yes, I use NetGalley and have found it to be a useful resource
- Do you experience hurdles or barriers to access for the kinds of books that you read? Please explain if so. No.
- If you could make one change to the publishing landscape, what would you do? Reduce the dominance and power of the big publishers and Amazon.
- Help other international bloggers out… What resources do you use to obtain the books that you want to read? I’m lucky enough to be on the reviewing team for scifiandscary.com which means I get a lot of SF and horror books to review from authors and publishers, I also use NetGalley, my local library and buy a lot of second hand books.
- Do you have any other experiences as a reader around the world that you would like to share? I think the key thing is to keep looking for new reading experiences and don’t get too wrapped up in what publishers tell you to read. There are so many great older books out there which tend to get ignored in favour of reading the next big thing.
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.
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