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Will International Book Bloggers please stand up?!

Hi y’all, Mitchii here, for those who doesn’t know me (which I think are a lot), and I’m an international Blogger. Our label sounds sophisticated right? Like some bookish ambassadors from foreign country. Haha, now that’s too much. *coughs* Anyway, I was asked before if it was hard to be an International Blogger. As you all know that my location somehow restricts me to engage in some bookish activities. Like how many of you were disappointed when you about to enter an amazing giveaway only to find out it is only open to US residents. Or you can join fun games in twitter because you’re fast asleep when the fun happened. And when a pub tells you they can’t grant you access to the galley you want because of ‘geographical restriction’. It sucks big time, right?

But before that, I was thinking, who International Bloggers really are? Is anyone outside of US, Canada, UK and Australia can be called International Bloggers? I mean US that’s given and UK (I think you can also include Australia here although I know they have local publishers there, too) and Canada has local branches. We in the Philippines? I don’t think we have that. Not that we don’t have publishing companies here. My brother works for a publishing house although their forte is educational materials. Some publishing houses also publish local version of western books, although I’m not too sure if it clicks with the masses. I for one rather read the book in original version because I’m more comfortable reading in English.

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So what’s like to be a Filipino Book Blogger? It’s fun. I still feel the same way as other bloggers. And while I miss some awesome things because of my location there were still stuff that compensates on the absence of such things. I do dream to attend events like BEA but we do have local version of that. Although books I want were not exactly abundant but at least we have events like it.

There’s no problem with the language. That’s the great thing about my country since English is one of our official languages. Almost everyone can speak and read English so we don’t really need translation. And I love reading the books as it is (so that’s also the reason why I don’t buy Filipino version books). Sometimes we also have the same release date as US (although most of the time we’re days and sometimes weeks behind).

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We have two big bookstores here: National Bookstore and Fullybooked. There are also independent bookstores, too, although most of the books I have were from these two. And books here are hell lot cheaper. Compare to Australia, when I went there and bought books they were so expensive. I can buy two books here in a price of one there. Nope, not kidding. And then for books that are not available locally, I can purchase it online through Amazon and The Book Depository as they ship books to our country; although our Post Office sucks big time (I already have two cases of missing books). But they were great that I still got refund so no blood was spilled, LOL.

We also get to meet authors, huge thanks to local bookstores sponsoring such events. So yes, I’m still one lucky bookworm to still experience these awesome stuff. And there are many Filipino book bloggers and bookworms who enjoy the same books that I do. And it’s fun interacting with them. And with the help of internet, it bridges the gap between bloggers and bookworms around the globe. So if I think about it, it’s really not bad, not bad at all.   :D

2014 / 02 / 07

13 Responses to Special: International Love

  1. Pretty Little Reader says:

    I’m not an international blogger, since I’m from Canada, but when it comes to the things you kind of envy of us non-international bloggers, I don’t get many of them. I’m from the East Coast of Canada, which is quite small in population compared to Mid/Western Canada, so we definitely don’t draw the big name authors that might go to Ontario or Alberta. Most of the authors I do see here are local and are generally promoting their local tourism book. And for me to attend the big events, like BEA or ALA, would cost me so much in travel/hotel fees, that it’s just not feasible (unless I become more diligent about saving!) haha

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I didn’t anticipate the location, yeah, some Filipino fans didn’t get to attend signings here because it is always held in the city, so I kinda get your reason.

      Yeah, travel cost are beyond me. But I do hope you’ll get to attend BEA. I’ve seen picture and read posts about it and sounds like bookworms’ paradise. I hope we’ll be able to attend. :D

  2. Chloe (YA Booklover Blog) says:

    Like the previous commenter, I’m also from Canada, so not technically an international blogger, but we definitely don’t get all the perks that US bloggers do. I’m in Ontario, which is lucky because more big authors come here, but we almost never get any of the big author tours or events that are in the States, and more often than not the events are for local or Canadian authors (still so awesome, just different). Also, Fullybooked has such a clever name and looks beautiful!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh, I really didn’t expect that you guys also encounter some difficulties. I usually see Canada in giveaways, tours so I thought you also get the same perks as US bloggers. It must be nice to meet local authors. Come to think I haven’t read Canadian book before. I might try it soon.

      Fullybooked is one largest bookstore, they have wider selection than National Bookstore and their stores are pretty lovely. I think it has a cafe inside. I haven’t been in the specific branch but I heard it’s the largest. ;)

  3. Being Dutch does make me feel like an outsider International blogger :p I get most of my books from ABC and TBD, but there aren’t many bookstores with English YA books (or English books at all). There are zero author events, so it does feel lonely here sometimes, haha.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That’s terrible, I guess we’re lucky that major bookstores here sell Western books. You mean like never? I hope someone sponsors events, I heard your place is lovely, it would be awesome to visit your place. ;)

  4. Shannelle C. says:

    I think we’re luckier in the Philippines, because we not only get events, but we have a really responsive and wonderful bookish community. Unlike every other Asian country. I love our cheap books.

    But I do hate how we have to deal with the insanely horrible monster that is our postal system. I have some chances to get ARCs, but I can’t because of the post office. Which is frustrating. And I also hate how some really good stuff are available only to US residents. My shipper heart gets broken a lot.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah, I think so, too. I liked that bookstores’ marketing strategy, like inviting authors here. Yeah, the books are cheaper, it becomes more cheaper when they hold sale. Man, gotta love sale.

      I know, same complaints here. Our PO sucks big time. Not only you have to bear the delays but risk losing your packages. What a dilemma. :(

  5. I actually used to be one of those who bemoaned being an international blogger! I felt like I was missing out on a lot because there aren’t any author events or big book events here in Singapore, and the community is pretty small. Or maybe it’s because I’m ignorant? Hmmmm… But I still find that there are many things to appreciate here; so many libraries that are easily accessible, and large bookshops that may or may not have most of the novels you’re looking for! However, the prices are really high, and I have to save for really long before I can get a new book xD But there are still many great things about living in Singapore :)
    Wonderful post, Mitchii!! You really made me start to think more on the positive side instead of complaining all the time! :D <33

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Really, I guess we’re lucky that bookstores here sponsor such events. I also thought the community here was small then when I attend book events I was astonished be the sheer number of people.

      That’s what I envy you, we don’t have libraries like that. Most libraries here are for mostly for academic purposes. I would like to go to Singapore if our plan push through I might visit it this year. So I pray it’ll happen. ;D

  6. roro says:

    I live in Suriname . And it is sad that I can’t partake in fun activities such as author events , us giveaways and twitter games ect. But I have to live with that . The only thing that saddens is that the Bookdepository does not accept our currency . So the only way I can get ahold of books is trough being gifted or winning giveaways . Our libraries have out dated books ( 10 to 30+ yrs old and mostly Dutch books) so that’s out of the question . We have 3 bookstores in our country and they over price the books with 50 to 200% . Only a couple people out of half a mil ppl read . Yes it’s hard being an international blogger

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think if you have credit card you can use that, that’s how I purchased through TBD. But they do ship books to your country? Well, if that’s a no then I’m so sad to hear that. We also don’t have well stocked libraries but new books are cheaper, so that’s a good compromise.

      I guess bloggers around the world have some problems they need to deal with. But I’m so glad that despite that you still seems to enjoy reading and blogging all the same. :) Thanks for dropping by Roro (and sorry for the late response).

    • roro says:

      Yes they do ship to my country . It is rather hard to acquire credit cards here . You have to earn usd in order to get one

      No biggie .tnx 4 replying

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