Reading Around the Globe: Emma in France

“I feel like ARCs are not really available for us, I think in France the book industry don’t really consider book bloggers as an important part. After almost seven years of blogging, no publisher ever reached out to me, only independent little authors!

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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.

  1. What is your name? Hi! I’m Emma!
  2. Blog URL? Mengueis De Livres
  3. Twitter handle? @mangeusedelivre
  4. Where do you live? I live in the South of France (the best part of France in my opinion – because I love the climate and landscapes!).
  5. 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! I don’t think so, my classmates would always complain when we had to read one book for the year and I was always considered like an alien because I read books and actually enjoyed it! But on the other hand, I see a lot of people reading in the subway so I don’t really know. I feel like in small villages (where I went to school), people prefer going out with friends than reading. I answer the other half of this question in question 7 :).
  6. What kinds of books do you enjoy reading? That’s a good question. I don’t really know because it’s been a while since I read a book that inspired me (as, in the last two years, I re-read the Harry Potter series in English and am currently in a project to read a book from every country in the world so I don’t really get to choose a specific book that appeal to me). I know I never was a big fan of thrillers or romance but other than that I kind of read everything! In any case I know I love books that have a message and are not just entertaining.
  7. Have you always been a reader? Absolutely! When my mother read bedtime stories to my sister and I, after two pages she would stop reading out loud and we would never know the end of stories (she was too submersed in the stories she would just finish reading them in her head). I think that’s why we quickly learned to read and grew a passion for books (the sooner children read books, the more they will like reading in their life). But also my mother is a bookworm so I guess this stuck in the family.
  8. 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! I do read French books. I’m currently in the middle of my project to read a book from every country in the world so I am not really aware of if specific kinds of books are published in France. I think there is around everything except maybe big Fantasy sagas (when writing that sentence, a french Fantasy saga came to my mind –Tara Duncan by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian- so my answer might be irrelevant ^^’).
  9. 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? Yes, I would say that there are lots of libraries in France. They all provide different kinds of books according to their document policy. I think you can find anything as long as you look in the good library. In my small town’s libraries you can ask for a book to be bought if they don’t have it and they will provide it to you.
  10. How prevalent are English published books where you live in bookstores? (For example, books printed by HarperCollins.) To be honest, even if I read a lot of English books, we have so much big french publisher (Hachette, Gallimard, Flammarion, Bayard, Albin Michel, Seuil…) that we tend to see them the most and not too much of English published books!
  11. 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? No I don’t. I tried Edelweiss after reading about it on your blog but I couldn’t request anything (I don’t know if it’s Edelweiss France that doesn’t have a lot of book open to review or if I just don’t know how to use the website ^^’) so I stopped using it.
  12. Do you experience hurdles or barriers to access for the kinds of books that you read? Please explain if so. I don’t, because I only buy second-hand books (for ecological purposes) I don’t have to worry if a book has been discontinued. And like I said, libraries will buy you any book you like.
  13. If you could make one change to the publishing landscape, what would you do? I would love publishers to stop favour “safe” books (as in: bestseller books that have no ambition of innovating or going off the rails).
  14. Help other international bloggers out… What resources do you use to obtain the books that you want to read? I only read second-hand books and I boycott Amazon so I use BookDepository (free international shipping!), Leboncoin (the french Ebay) or go into my local bookstores.
    [Kal’s note: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Book Depository is owned by Amazon. I know! I was gutted to find this out because I also avoid purchasing from Amazon. It’s a great resource for international readers in terms of bringing access and free shipping, but if you avoid Amazon for ethical reasons, you will find it is hard to fully boycott.]
  15. Do you have any other experiences as a reader around the world that you would like to share? Hum… I don’t know about being a reader in general, but I have something to say about being a book blogger around the world. I feel like ARCs are not really available for us, I think in France the book industry don’t really consider book bloggers as an important part. After almost seven years of blogging, no publisher ever reached out to me, only independant little authors! (I’ve seen french book bloggers being sponsored by big publisher but I feel like it’s less common than in the UK/US. My difficulty is due to the fact that my blog is in French, so I guess publishers think it doesn’t reach enough people.)  Thank you for having me here! 🙂

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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13 Comments

  1. dbsguidetothegalaxy

    August 26, 2019 at 4:14 AM

    Hi Emma! I feel the same about kids reading – it’s always good to get them started early! Then they can develop a love for reading early. It’s good that you can use the library so much – libraries are great.

  2. TheCaffeinatedReader

    August 26, 2019 at 5:14 AM

    Another great part of my fave series! Not going to lie I was really thrown off about Book Depository for a moment because I could have sworn that they were owned by Amazon. I do hate buying from them but sometimes it’s a necessary evil as some things just don’t sell in local stores in certain countries/areas. I’m glad to see that you’ve got a great library system and don’t worry, Edelweiss still confuses me lol

    1. Kal

      August 29, 2019 at 11:01 AM

      Amazon legit owns half of the useful part of the internet, so it is really tough to avoid them, especially since with Book Depository it is kind of hidden. I think the site itself is AMAZING for international readers though, and I don’t begrudge anyone who uses it because it brings books at an affordable price to places with issues of access. For me, because I am privileged to live in the US, don’t buy books for myself there because I can afford not to.

  3. Mangeuse de Livres

    August 26, 2019 at 5:29 AM

    Oh no! What bad news! I didn’t order a lot from Bookdepository anyway but I guess now I will never order again ^^’ Thank you for the info! And thank you for having me! 🙂

    1. Kal

      August 29, 2019 at 11:07 AM

      Glad you like the series, and don’t feel bad about not knowing Amazon owns Book Depository! I said this in another comment, but I think that BD is an amazing resource for those with limited access to affordable books because of the free shipping and selection. Like sure, I’d rather Amazon was more transparent about this ownership, or better yet just was BETTER on their main site for international readers, but I wouldn’t recommend most people avoid it altogether. I just mentioned it because if people are using it as an Amazon alternative… I wanted them to know. LOL

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences with us, Emma!

  4. Mangeuse de Livres

    August 26, 2019 at 5:30 AM

    Also I love this series, thank you for doing it Kal! 🙂

  5. AhanaRao

    August 26, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Ahhhh, that little anecdote of Emma recalling her mother’s night time story telling was so heart warming.❤️❤️❤️

    I love Edelweiss personally. They’re the first to approve any book for me and they allow us to request any book and more than once. It did take a bit to get used to the workings of the website though.

    Loved your post Kal and your answers Emma ❤️

    1. Kal

      August 29, 2019 at 11:09 AM

      Thanks for reading, Ahana, and I also ADORE Edelweiss!

  6. Macey @ Brine and Books

    August 26, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    This was so interesting!! One of the things I’m always keen on hearing about is the reading culture in different parts of the world. I feel like I learned a lot!

    1. Kal

      August 29, 2019 at 11:12 AM

      I am so glad you enjoyed the interview and learned something, Macey~!

  7. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall

    August 29, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Hi Emma!! It’s so nice to meet you! I think that’s so awesome how reading has been a part of your family! That bit about your mother was so touching! <3 I'm glad that the library systems in France are nice, and will often provide books you request!

    Kal, I had no idea Book Depository was owned by Amazon! I swear, Amazon, Disney, and Google are going to form a coalition and take over the world some day. 🙄

    1. Kal

      September 8, 2019 at 2:22 PM

      That story was really sweet and I was so glad that Emma included it!

      And yea, sorry to be the bearer of bad news Kelly! 🙁

  8. Marta

    August 31, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Your libraries seem pretty nice! In Portugal we have quite a good number too, but they have very few books I’m interested in and they can’t afford to buy many new books )):

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