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Aw…bibliobeth turns 4!

Published January 5, 2017 by bibliobeth

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I cannot believe I’ve now been blogging for FOUR years! I want to thank every single person who reads my posts whether you’re a regular visitor or come now and then, I honestly appreciate your support. Who knew anybody would be interested in what I’ve got to say?!

Unfortunately, my last year in blogging hasn’t been as great as the year before. I have a chronic illness (something I’m thinking about talking about in a personal post at some point but am a bit wary of doing this!) and this year it’s really affected the way and the amount I blog. This is really annoying as I love blogging so much and I get cross when something prevents me from doing it.

However, I AM planning on doing some awesome bloggish things this year and just hope to really enjoy it and not put too much pressure on myself.

To celebrate my four year blogoversary I’d like to host a giveaway. FOUR books of your choice from Amazon or The Book Depository (exceptions are textbooks and ridiculously priced books). I will keep it open until the end of January so you have lots of time to enter and once I’ve chosen a winner at random, I’ll contact you and you can let me know your address for receiving your lovely goodies! Please make sure if you are under 18 you have permission to email me your address which will only be used for the purpose of this giveaway. Please enter below and good luck everyone!

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Aw… bibliobeth turns 3!

Published January 5, 2016 by bibliobeth

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It’s my blogoversary today and I can’t believe I’ve been blogging now for three years – just where has the time gone? 2015 was one of my best years to date, I met some lovely fellow bloggers at events such as YALC and YA Shot and Crime In The Court, interviewed some top authors like Alexia Casale, Alison Rattle, Karen Maitland, Sarah Hilary, Jane Elson and Piers Torday (to name a few!), carried out my first face-to-face interview with Jason Starr (post to be published soon) and ran my very first blogging workshop with my lovely sister Chrissi Reads! That’s a whole lot of things to be excited about and if I can be half as successful in 2016 I will be one happy blogger indeed.

I just want to thank EVERYONE who reads my little old posts whether you’re a bibliobeth virgin or a returning reader, it really means the world to me and I couldn’t do it without your support.

So, to celebrate my blogoversary I will be running a giveaway where the prize is four books of your choice (excepting textbooks and ridiculously prized books) from Amazon or The Book Depository. I’ll leave the giveaway open until the end of January to give people a chance to enter where I’ll then pick a winner and update you all. Please make sure if you are under eighteen you have permission to email me your address so I can send your books. Enter below!:

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The giveaway IS international so why not try your luck?

Once again, thank you so much to everyone in the blogosphere for making this such a great community to be part of. Here’s to hopefully many more years of blogging ahead. Good luck everyone!!

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Aw…. BIBLIOBETH turns 2 – GIVEAWAY RESULT

Published January 15, 2015 by bibliobeth

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Hello everyone. My giveaway for my blogoversary as ended and the lucky winner is…. (drumroll please)

Kellyjo Walters!!

Congratulations Kelly. You have won four books of your choice from Amazon/Book Depository depending on where you are in the world. Check your email for a message from me. To everyone else, thank you so much for entering and hey, there’s always next year!

Aw… BIBLIOBETH turns 2!

Published January 5, 2015 by bibliobeth

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MY BLOGOVERSARY – BIBLIOBETH TURNS TWO TODAY!

I’ve now officially been blogging for two years and I’m loving every moment of it. Even though I’m WAY behind with my reviews, I’m still enjoying writing about what I read, meeting bookworms like myself, finding new gems and re-discovering old favourites. Thanks to every one of you lovely people who have “liked” my posts or left comments, it’s all very much appreciated.

To celebrate turning two, I’ve decided to host a giveaway. Four books of your choice from Amazon or The Book Depository – obviously no ridiculously priced hardbacks/textbooks 🙂 and I’m also happy to say that the giveaway is international. It will remain open for ten days and then I’ll announce the lucky winner. What are you waiting for? Enter below!

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Here’s to more blogging (and hopefully catching up with all those reviews) in 2015.

Confessions of Two Bibliophiles #2

Published August 25, 2013 by bibliobeth

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CHAPTER TWO: THE E-READER vs THE ORIGINAL BOOK

 

Chrissi,
 
There’s been a lot of talk about which is better, the e-reader or the original “tree” book, and I know we have a lot to say about this! First of all I must hang my head in shame, as pre-Kindle, I was so vehemently opposed to e-readers, I swore I would never have one and would (puts hand on heart) stay loyal to the paper book. Well, that didn’t last very long! Now I have my Kindle, I love it to bits, and can’t remember how I coped without it. Its easy to read on and so convenient – I have quite a long commute to work and it’s been my life saver on the tube as I squeeze myself into precarious positions amongst the other Londoners, which I have to say, is much easier with a Kindle than a bulky hard/paperback book. Also, going on holiday! I devour books at quite a pace, and the memory of over-loading my suitcase with books (probably books rather than clothes…) is a thing of the past! Hundreds of books come right with me, no questions asked.
 
This isn’t to say I don’t love real books. Of course I do! And my bulging bookshelves at home agree with me. I will never stop buying them as I love the smell and touch and they look so beautiful in their righteous hard copy self. I will usually always buy an especially brilliant real book even if I have it already on Kindle, just for the joy of having it in its real form.
 
What do you think?
 
Beth

Beth,

Ah, this topic. There are so many pros and cons to both! I think you’re more of a fan of the Kindle than me, even though I am slowly coming around to the idea.

The kindle definitely makes my life as a book blogger easier, and I have to admit, it’s much easier to take out with me rather than lug around books. It’s easy for commuting and I can read a Kindle on a coach, but I can’t read a real book in a coach. What’s that about? I also use my kindle for ARCs from NetGalley, so that’s a bonus.

However, the Kindle just isn’t a book. It may be cheaper than physical books, but you can’t beat going into a bookshop and buying a beautiful smelling, perfect condition book. I’m obsessed with smelling a physical book. They just smell SO good. I want to bottle that smell. Oh I do. (Now I sound weird, but I’m sure fellow bibliophiles know exactly what I mean!) I also love browsing in bookshops and it’s just not the same with Kindle shopping.

It’s the same for me with buying books on Amazon. I love their Kindle sales, but nothing beats getting an Amazon package, opening it and just admiring all of your pretties.

Do you think the e-book will eventually take over the physical book? That thought terrifies me.

Chrissi

Chrissi,

Yes, I think I am a bit more of a Kindle fan than you! Although since you’ve discovered the joy of Net Galley, I think you are appreciating the little beast a bit more? I’m not sure why you can read a Kindle on a coach but not a book, I haven’t tried myself, I’m too scared I’ll get travel sick, but maybe it’s to do with not having to manually turn pages and your eye movements? Who knows!
But yes, I do agree with you that the Kindle can’t ever beat a real book – maybe this is why I think (in answer to your last question) that the e-book will never replace the real book. You can’t beat a bookstore, even if you don’t have the money to buy anything, just browsing is enough to get me excited! Plus, they just look so gooooooood. At the moment, we just buy an e-book by clicking a button, which doesn’t give me nearly the same feeling as walking out of a shop with a bag full of books and a smug grin on my face. Although, I am slightly worried I’ve developed Kindle 1-click itis…. it’s just to easy to keep hitting that button don’t you think?
 
Beth
Beth,
Yes it’s far too easy to click that Kindle 1-click button. Sometimes the Kindle books are just SO much cheaper as well. Perhaps real books need to become a bit cheaper? But then I guess someone is losing out in some way. Hmm.

Something I always do is buy a ‘real’ copy of my favourite authors books. You can’t beat having them all lined up on your shelf. They just look SO good.

It’s certainly a tough one but I for one know that the e-book will never, ever, ever replace my real book.  I can’t wait until we go to Foyles on Charing Cross Road and I can see you revel in the book glory. There’s NOTHING like a good bookstore as you say. I just wonder how many books we’ll pick up and add to our already bulging TBR piles both with real books and kindle books…

Chrissi

So what does everyone else think? Please feel free to join in our conversation, we’d love to hear your opinions!