First of all, I want to warn you guys about how whiny this blogpost probably is going to be. There are a lot of amazing things about the bookish community, and I’m extremely grateful to be apart of it, but this isn’t going to be a blogpost about that. That’ll be for another time.
I have never been unhappy about not living in the USA until I joined the bookish community. Being an international booklover comes with a lot of struggles, and I thought it might be fun to discuss those today, since I know a lot of you can probably relate.
Also, while I was writing everything down I noticed how incredibly long this post was getting, so I decided to split it up in a few parts!
This first one might be the most obvious one: the shipping. And I’m talking about the sending things somewhere shipping, and not the ‘wanting certain characters to end up together’-thing, because that doesn’t suck. That’s amazing.
Anyway, because most bookish companies are based in the US you have to pay huge amounts of money to have the stuff shipped to you. For example: I heard about the bookoutlet black friday sale, got super excited, and tried to order a bunch of books. The books were $30, which was a great deal for about 10 books. The shipping was $90.
The same thing happens with a lot of bookish shops. I once tried to order bookish candles from Etsy, and the shipping was $50. That’s just a tad too much for me.
Most amazing bookish events like BEA, BookCon, Yallfest, etc. are in the UK and USA. Am I able to buy plane tickets to go to these countries just for the events? No. Will I ever be able to go to a bookish event? Probably not. Am I just going to live through other people’s vlogs and tweets about being at these events? Definitely.
You know when you watch those booktube videos where these popular booktubers get loads of free books? Or when you scroll through a bookhaul from a popular book blogger, they have some of those upcoming releases you’ve been dying to read, for free?
When you live in America or the UK ARCs are something you can work towards. I see it kind of as a reward for putting so much time into your blog. “You’ve written over a hundred blogposts now, and you have built up a small following. Here, you deserve a free book.” This, of course, is pretty great. But when you’re an international bookblogger, you have no chance of getting print ARCs.
And while I’m in no way blogging for the ‘free books’, it would still be great to at least be able to get them.
This one very much relates to the previous one, because when I read some posts about ARCs and realized that there was no way of me getting my hands on print ARCs, I steered towards websites like Netgalley and Edelweiss. You’d think that sending an eARC to an international problem wouldn’t be a problem, right? Well, WRONG. My requests on both Netgalley and Edelweiss often get denied solely because I don’t live in the UK or USA. And I still don’t really get this.
So, this is all for today! Tell me, are you an international booklover who struggles with the same things? Are there any other things you struggle with? Let me know!