Do You Read Books?

I’d like to challenge you to ask this question of your friends and followers on social media channels.

Why? I’d like to learn as much as I can about people’s reading behavior, as our team renews our focus on attracting readers to Hometown Reads.

When do people read books? How do they choose the books they want to read? Do they read print books or digital ones?

While the statistics you might read online are dismal, as an avid reader raising three eager readers, I would like to think that there are more people reading books than we think. As we learn more about them, I’d like to be more effective in reaching them and drawing them to Hometown Reads to discover great authors from their hometowns, their regions, and beyond.

Our team met to brainstorm methods for reaching more readers this week, and the best idea we landed on is outreach to libraries and bookstores. People who love to read GO to libraries! People who love to read GO to bookstores. As we mobilize authors as ambassadors for Hometown Reads, we’d like ambassadors to be willing to bring flyers about Hometown Reads to local stores and libraries, while requesting libraries designate shelves and space to highlighting local authors.

This is part of my dream: to walk into any local library in America, to see our Hometown Reads logo and signage on a prominent shelf, and to see your books lining those shelves. I’d like to see people curious and interested in discovering books written by authors nearby. I’d like those local titles to be read more frequently, and then recommended online, for more readers to discover.

Would you take a moment, over the next few weeks, to start conversations on social media channels. Ask: Do you read books? Then ask how people choose their books. I’d love to hear/see/learn from the conversations you start, so please come back to this post, comment, and share what you learn.

Would you join me in learning about, finding, and drawing more readers to Hometown Reads?

About Becky Robinson

Becky is the founder and CEO of Weaving Influence, the founder of Hometown Reads, and a champion of the #ReadLocal Movement.

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What People Are Saying

  • Enjoyed your thoughts about having a shelf in every Library with a Local Reads, as my daughter is an author herself. It would be so amazing to not only have the local books IN the Library, but have local authors gather together to brain storm about the best way to promote their books.

    It’s a tall order to do this, as most authors do not write as their first job, but only when time permits and gathering many authors at one time takes plenty of time and sometimes money.

    I applaud your fabulous effort of making this site available to authors in the different cities, and try to pass on the great service you do for them.

    Hopefully, with your permission, I can figure a way to put this article in my blog.

    Thanks again for the great work!
    Linda B

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