I created the OCB blog with the intent to offer Orthodox publishers a vehicle for promoting their book and magazine news and for readers to learn that news. After all, I don't think it's a secret that I work for one of the aforementioned publishers. But today, instead of posting the usual press release or book review, I'd like to get your opinion on what you buy as readers. So here are some questions up for discussion:
(1) Would you say that the recession has affected your book-buying at all? Slowed it down? Or not?
(2) How often do you buy Orthodox books and from where?
(3) How much does price factor into your decision to buy (or not buy) a book? Are Orthodox books too expensive?
(4) What can publishers of Orthodox Christian books do to improve their products and services?
(5) What is your favorite Orthodox book? Your favorite Orthodox publisher?
(6) Is there anything you can't stand about the way Orthodox books are currently published in the English-speaking world?
(7) Orthodox children's books: do you ever buy them? Why or why not?
(8) What kind of Orthodox book would you like to see more of in the future?
(9) Would you buy a book from your church book store as a matter of principal, even if it were offered for a much lower price on Amazon? Or would you go for the deal?
(10) Are books flying off the shelves at your church bookstore, or have they been collecting dust for years?
Please take a moment to comment on any one (or all) of these questions. And while you're at it, respond to our poll. After all, it's your feedback that helps us publishers provide you with books of increasing quality and integrity. Without your feedback and support, we would be nothing.
Have a great weekend, and keep reading!