Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is a newish feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind!
Last we discussed re-reading books and the majority voted a big thumbs up to re-reading! This week the topic is all about self-published books. This seems like a topic that new bloggers especially grapple with…I know I did. So, I want to know. Do you read self-published books or do you avoid them? Why? Do you get lots of requests for self-published books? Share any really good self-published books you’ve read. Do you think self-published = lesser quality? Let’s discuss!
I’m going to go with a thumbs down. I tend to not accept self-published books. I feel like most of the self-published books I’ve encountered were just horrible–horribly written, in need of a proofread, etc. I always feel like a snob by not accepting them but life is too short for me to try and take a chance with self-published books. I mean, if I saw one that sounded great and something I’d totally like if it was published by an actual publishing house then I might give it a try. I think self-publishing is great in that it gives authors a chance to write and publish a book without the backing of a publishing house but I think they have a hard road ahead of them in doing so. I’m sure it’s helped people actually get hooked up with a publishing house. In that aspect, I’m all for it. However, pretty much anyone could self-publish a book so it’s hard to be able to know what is going to be good or what seems like my 3rd grade journal. I wish there was a better way to weed through the crap and find the gems!