Report: “Colorado Authors are Finding Readers, Book Clubs By ‘Book Bombing’ Little Free Libraries”
From the Denver Post:
Colorado authors Harper McDavid and Melissa Payne are not inclined to view their weekend activities as trailblazing do-goodery.
“Retail sales are not great right now and, like any product, books are suffering,” McDavid said this week between visits to Little Free Libraries in the metro area. “Plus, Melissa and I are debut authors, so it’s another way for us to gain exposure.”
In fact, it’s one of the only ways. With most bookstores and libraries closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic, first-time authors McDavid and Payne turned to Little Free Libraries — those handcrafted outposts of honor-system reading — to distribute and promote their work.
“Book-bombing’s been done, without a doubt, and authors have been doing it individually,” said Greig Metzger, executive director of Little Free Library, which counts roughly 100,000 registered and trademarked boxes around the world. “But I’m not familiar with any program, anywhere, that’s formally organizing authors to do it.”
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