Reading in the Philippines (Filipino Reader Conference)
August 26, 2011 3 Comments
Joining in on the Reader Con discussion question. For this week it’s How hard or easy is it to be a book lover in the Philippines? What are some of your frustrations as a Filipino reader? And what are the positive aspects of being a reader in the Philippines?
Ok so for the pros, I think that we do have a relatively good selection of bestsellers and pop titles. In recent years, with the coming of Powerbooks and Fully Booked, we’ve gotten access to a lot more titles than were around when I was, say, an undergrad. The influx of comics in collected formats is also an encouraging thing.
Bummer things: First off, the old haunts where I used to get second-hand books are disappearing. And if you were ever a fan of the manongs along AS walk who used to sell really good second hand books, well it seems they’ve moved on. Getting books for ten or twenty bucks is a rare thing these days too.
The biggest book chains generally have inept sales people who will tell you a book isn’t there because they are too lazy to look for it.
Reading isn’t exactly the coolest thing. It gives you outsider status which sometimes isn’t the best thing (though good at other times).
Like all of us, I wish that there were more books available to us, and for cheaper. I think that local editions of certain books might help facilitate this, but I’m not sure how this would happen or who should go about doing it.
I wish generally that books could be more affordable to people, but being in the publishing industry, I know the practical limitations of this wish.
I wish more people read, and more people found it a worthwhile investment to put their time and energy into reading.
And I think it really sucks that Amazon jacks up the costs of books by two dollars. This is bad. But it isn’t as bad as being frozen out from the store, which is what Apple does. Hey guys come on, we’re a lot of us here book lovers. And we buy books show us some love too.