POLL: Book Discussions and Author Involvement

June 20, 2014

First, I just want to say that I LOVE how accessible so many authors are in this digital age. But I also am curious if some of that accessibility can impact reader involvement in discussions under certain situations. So, what better way to try an find out than to run a poll? Where do you like to interact with the authors of the books you are reading?

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  • Tabitha (Not Yet Read) June 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hey I like it everywhere. I’m like green eggs and ham nom nom gives it to me the interactions yes yes please

  • Mogsy June 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Great poll! I voted no, I don’t think there should be any author free zones…but I’d like to follow that up with an addendum that I DO believe in the asshole free zone 😛 Honestly, as long as people are civil I don’t see why discussion should be limited. That doesn’t just go for authors, it goes for readers/reviewers as well. I try to live by that in my own reviews and say what I have to say without resorting to dickery – I never write anything I wouldn’t say in polite company or to the author’s face. But anyway, back on topic, I love author interactions, and it’s such a shame knowing some authors feel hesitant/awkward to chime in even when they want. I know when I get comments from authors, I feel over the moon 🙂
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  • Caleb June 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I voted “no.”

    I agree with Mogsy. Authors have just as much right to talk civilly with readers. Writing a book doesn’t make you special, nor reviewing it.
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  • Jessica @ Rabid Reads June 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I voted no, and for the same reasons. I don’t think it’d be fair to specifically exclude authors from a discussion, anymore than it’d be fair to exclude anyone else. And hell yes to the asshole free zone 😉
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  • Anya June 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    This is such a great question since I’m not quite sure how to answer it. I at first do feel like there should be spaces where readers can discuss books without worrying about hurting the author’s feelings, but where exactly or how exactly is kind of impossible to answer. This I guess gets back to authors just needing to be able to tell when it might be better for them not to step in?
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    • Lisa (@TenaciousReader) June 24, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Yeah, I am going to do a post with my (evidently unpopular) opinions on it with explanations of why (and hope I don’t get flamed). I absolutely want to hear from authors. But I want to hear from readers as well and, well … I’ll put the rest in a follow up post.
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