Thursday, September 15, 2011

Think About It Thursday (17): Book Extras

Image used under Creative Commons - Original belongs to Salady

By book extras, I mean book-specific websites, book trailers, games, and anything that's supplemental to the book.

Now, my question is: Do you like all these bookish extras? Do you see them as cool goodies or more like a tedious aside to the story?

If you like them, do you utilize them?

To me, the bookish extras that publishers or authors come up with are really cool. I like book trailers and I do like book websites, but I can't say that I utilize them all that often. I do watch book trailers and I have bought books based on a trailer, but aside from that, I haven't found myself particularly drawn to the other extras that publishers put out.

Book websites can be cool, but I've never taken the time to really explore some of them. I do check out lost scenes from some books - most notably the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I've recently checked out the Night Circus game, but I haven't sat down and done much yet.

I'm also in Pottermore and think it's really cool (I'm a Ravenclaw!) but I don't think anything Harry Potter related can be looked at like other bookish extras because HP is sort of in a league all its own.

Here are some links to bookish extras for The Night Circus and The Daughter of Smoke & Bone:

The Night Circus - game

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Website
The Daughter of Smoke & Bone - NetGalley link to download first 14 chapters on Sept. 27th

Let me know what you think about bookish extras in the comments! I'm curious to see how many people actually take advantage of the extra stuff publishers put off to help market their books.


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