Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Review-- The Bookaholics' Guide to Book Blogs

Title: The Bookaholics' Guide to Book Blogs
Author(s): Rebecca Gillieron and Catheryn Kilgariff
ISBN: 9780714531519/ Marion Boyars Publishers, 2007
Genre: Internet, Blogging
Rating: B

First Line: To my way of thinking, the best book bloggers are individuals who have no grist or motive other than a love of books and a desire to share their finds with others.

It should be obvious why I bought this book: I'm a blogger, and I blog about books. I wanted to see what these two publishers had to say about a subject I hold close to my heart.

The Bookaholics' Guide to Book Blogs is divided into chapters according to the various types of blogs: Booksellers' Blogs, Publishers' Blogs, Fan Blogs, Writers' Blogs, etc. As I read, I found several blogs that are familiar to me, but I also found many more to check out. Gillieron and Killgarriff both believe that book bloggers have a very important function in the world of book publishing today:

I would like to see the voices of the book bloggers heard even louder. I think there is a major problem, despite the pages of feverish comment on literary prizes, radio shows, interviews and profiles, in that the media manages to talk about books in a way that goes over the heads of the vast majority of people. The book bloggers have developed loyal audiences, and I compare them most closely to newspaper columnists who may be your favourite to read each week in the Sunday paper. You get to know a personality and a style, and you find nuggets of new information each week, which makes you go back the following week for more. The book bloggers have another twist which makes them more loveable-- they write their thoughts for free.

There are dozens of nuggets of information in this small book, and best of all, a list of all the book blogs' URLs in the back to make it easier for you to find them. I found this book very easy to read (despite several typos!), and a very informative look into the future of book publishing and selling from the viewpoints of two UK publishers.

If you've reviewed this book, please leave a link to your review in the comments, and I'll add it to my review!


  1. What?! There is a book about book blogs? Who knew!

  2. ha, I saw Jena mention this on Twitter the other day.

  3. What an irony! A book about blogs instead of a blog about books. As I look up from this comment, I see I'm not the only one to note this. Oh, well. A lot of us think in the same way.

  4. Leave it to you to find this book! It sounds like an interesting one.

  5. I have this one in my TBR. I've looked through it, but haven't read it straight through. Nice review.

  6. If you are reading "The Bookaholics' Guide to Book Blogs", you may just be a bookaholic!

  7. I think I actually typed "bookaholic" into the search engine for some reason, and when this title popped up, I couldn't believe it! LOL

  8. I think I read something about this book a while ago. It sounds interesting, but given the way book blogs - like any other blogs - come and go, I hope it has a regularly-updated website to go with it :-). Thanks for the review!

  9. Good that some books acknowledge how important we (the blogs) are :)
    So far I have not really considered reading about blogging. It certainly takes enough time to read the books I review, write the posts and follow other people´s amazing blogs. If I had to study the subject also, it would be a full-time occupation for me.

  10. Dorte--Normally the only time I read about blogging is when I'm actually wanting to do something with my template and I need to find instructions. I decided to read this just in case I'd missed any book blogs to add to my Google Reader! :)


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