Over the past months, I have been jotting down questions about books, readership, and publishing, or outside forces, that I really wish I had the know-how, or resources to answer. The list is now getting quite long so I thought I would share. And, hey, if anyone wants to hook me up with a research project I absolutely wouldn’t say no. 😉
What impact does compulsory English Literature education have on a students enjoyment of reading later in life?
I hear English Literature classes being cited as necessary because they expose students to books and reading that they may not otherwise experience. But, does the prescribed teaching of Classics and Poetry, and the importance placed on analysing (and in doing so in standardised ways) affect the likelihood of developing a love of reading. What are the effects?
How has the rise of social media affected bookselling/sales?
Blogging, Twitter campaigns, Bookstgram, it’s all on the rise, and changing the way we find new books to read. From blog tours to revitalising a book from a backlist, the effects of instant sharing and aesthetics seem apparent. But what are they? Is social media really as important as it looks in the success of a book, what other factors might be involved?
How does social media fit within the changing landscape of books and publishing?
Similar to the question above, it seems probable that by answering one you would touch on the other. But, with the concerns and celebrations of audiobooks and e-books, the see-sawing dominance between e-books and physical books, how does social media affect this? Is it helping to keep physical books competitive?
Does buzz-word marketing work?: The effects of calling a book ‘the next Harry Potter!’.
People on Twitter are talking a lot about Buzz-word/phrase marketing and not in a particularly positive way. It appears that buzz-words are turning these people away from those books. Is this the case? Why does it happen, and, if it does, why does this marketing strategy seem to be on the rise?
What makes an ‘important’ book?
Again, this is a similar question to the one above. What factors are contributing to the rise of ‘important’ literature and new releases? Who decides which books are ‘important’ and which are not? Has this become a synonym for ‘diverse’?
The rise of trend publishing: the impact of similar sounding, and looking books, on the market and response from buyers.
The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, The seven or eight deaths of Stella Fortuna. How does the release of such similar sounding novels, all so relatively close together, come to be; an accident or thought out plan? How did it affect sales for those individual books?
Do you have any answers to these, any thoughts? Let me know in the comments below, and also share any questions you have about books and reading.