While shopping for school supplies last summer, I noticed pallets upon pallets of Hannah Montana sandwich bags, not lunch bags, those little plastic baggies for sandwiches. I was shocked. Sandwich bags? Really? I felt Disney had gone too far in it's licensing. What next? All I could think was that they were going to squeeze every penny out of that kid while they could. This is not Miley Cyrus's fault either. I doubt she has much say in where her alter ego ends up.
When SassyMonkey(Karen) lamented that she was "tired of seeing the same books over and over again on blogs", I thought of Miley. Karen went on to post on her blog a clarification of what she meant. It's not the latest best sellers or the ones we all recommend to each other but the ones being hyped (or over hyped). I admit I'll read a couple of reviews of the same book but then skip them after that. No matter how brilliant the blogger you can only say so much about a book that hasn't already been said. Sometimes the same author post will show up on a number of blogs- not that you can blame them. How can anyone write 20-30 unique posts on the same topic? It would be exhausting.
Book blogging is new. Book blogging tours are very new. Publishers have discovered a great promotional resource. We're more than happy to get free books and they don't have to buy us lunch. We love talking to authors. I fully disclose that I have and will review books from publishers and blog tours.
Since like all new inventions, we should try them out for awhile then take them back into the workshop and tinkler with them a bit more, let's do the same here.
For bloggers who review ARCs and participate in book tours: What are the postives? What are the negatives? How do you feel when you see several bloggers reviewing the same book you have at the same time? Excited? Or frustrated?
Authors: Can a book be overexposed? Or is it all good?
Readers: How do you feel about all the multiple posts for one book? Do you read them all? Are you skeptical? Has it made you buy the book? Does it feel like an ad?
Publishers/book blog tour organizers: What are your thoughts?