Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews commented in her confession post how older books seem to gain less attention than newer books. This is something I have noticed, but I never really stewed on it for long. However, when I read Bekka’s post, it rushed to the front of my brain. It seems that, review-wise, books have a limited “shelf life” in the book blogsphere.
Before I go any further, I want to point out that this is not a chance to bemoan page views or call out bandwagon jumpers. Friends, I am just as guilty when it comes to scanning my e-mails and picking out reviews to comment upon. Which ones do I pick? Books I have already read and the most trending book titles. So, I am guilty as charged. I also understand that blogging is not all about page views. I wish to simply point out the trend with older books and page views instead of accuse others or provoke pity from readers.
I often wonder why the older books tend to fair so poorly when it comes to readership. Looking over the numbers, I notice that my reviews on older books tend to draw in fewer views.
I think it all boils down to two major issues. First – time. A majority of book bloggers/readers only have so much time set aside to scan through the numerous reviews by their peers. I know that I can collect hundreds of e-mails during the week. I would love to comment on every single book review/tour/cover reveal/discussion post, but I have to be realistic. My job is demanding, and I often have other things that I need to tend to, such as meals, a sickly cat and researching for my job. I have to cherry pick which ones I read fully and comment upon. I do try to scan all of my e-mails.
Another major issue is the sudden influx of new books. E-readers and indie publishing have thrown open the door to new ideas, and more writers are taking chances with current concepts. Aside from older “buzz books,” it is hard to pique interest in every single book that bloggers pick up. There are a lot of awesome books I have passed on because my TBR pile is threatening to crush me. On top of what I do own, my book wish list keeps growing. Circling back to time, I can’t read every book I wish to read.
Going forward, I can identify my own elder book prejudice and give older books a fair chance. It might even be possible to create a meme focusing on aging books and their contribution to the current reading trends, such as Flashback Friday.