That's right, get out your wallet and set the moths free so you can reach in for a few measly bucks to buy a book. The publishing industry is in trouble, people, and it needs your support. Support the folks producing the books and you support the authors who write the products they sell.
Disturbing news has been sweeping through the blogosphere like locusts. Publishers are taking fewer risks as they tighten their belts. They're laying off staff. They're behind on their bills. Bookstores are returning books to them in record numbers. The careers of your favorite authors could be at stake.
A bunch of us over at Absolute Write decided to launch a book-buying campaign. It's informal, there's no t-shirt to buy, no logo to display (yet). We just want readers to go out and buy books this weekend. For the price of a full meal deal, you can buy a shiny new paperback book without the calories! Skip the manicure and buy a book instead. Forgo the two hours in a smelly movie theater with gum on the floors and that big haired woman blocking the screen and you can buy a book that will provide double the entertainment for your money.
How about buying a book by an author you've never read before? There are some fantastic writers out there, many of whom aren't published, but a few of them are. No matter your taste, there's a book for everyone. Have you thought of trying out a new genre? New subgenre? New crossover book? I'd never read young adult or middle grade fiction and was pleasantly surprised when I gave it a try. I don't read much romance, but action-packed thriller romances are awesome!
I want you to go out and buy a new book this weekend, either for yourself or as a gift for someone else. The holidays will be here before you know it, so be sure to add books to your gift list. Make a difference in the publishing world and support an author by buying his or her books. If you're a writer, this is a great way to pay it forward. If you're a reader, you're assuring yourself more great books to read in the future.