Weekend Musings: The Unending To-Read Stack

Any reader worth their salt has a stack, pile, or even full bookcase filled with their upcoming reads. No one sets out to create this stockpile, it is just part of our nature. Between BEA, my library and their ridiculously easy iPhone app, ARCs for the bookstore, and reading for my job, my kitchen table is actually covered right now.

My kitchen table.

As I have mentioned in other posts, I do try to keep up on new books, but sometimes they fall through the cracks and it can be a while before I find them again. It leaves me with a guilt complex, like neglecting my friends. Surely, there are others out there like me.

Turns out, there must be a lot of people out there who don’t prioritize their reading well. Eterna Cadencia, an Argentinian independent publisher, knows readers like us and thinks they have proper motivation- disappearing ink! The Book That Can’t Wait will feature new authors with the idea being new authors don’t have the luxury of waiting for their works to be read. With a shelf life of only a couple months, would be readers are reading against a ticking clock. Eterna Cadencia is hoping their trick will jump start the writing careers of their talent.

They buzz is certainly out there for this edition with hundreds of advanced copies already shipped. I know I am curious. The question is will this become a novelty and fade out as quickly as the ink?


2 responses to “Weekend Musings: The Unending To-Read Stack

  1. WHAT? That is crazy, but what an interesting marketing tactic. I feel intensely guilty about not getting to new books. That’s partly why I only picked up 15 books at BEA because I didn’t want to take more than I could get to.

    And then there’s the allure of my Nook. I don’t feel as guilty buying them on my Nook (not sure why), and every once in a while, I get a wild hair and decide to buy. So fun! I’m not one for scheduled reading, so I try not to worry too much.

    • I will probably never become a scheduled reader- old dog, new tricks and all that. This marketing stunt has made me think though. I would like to resolve to at least read new authors more diligently.

      The first year I went to BEA, I sent two boxes of ARCs home! Since then I have scaled back significantly. It is hard though, like a kid in a candy store. My bedside stack is mostly ARCs, books bought from the bookstore (sparingly), and library books. My library has an iPhone app- so dangerous! Whenever I think of a book I want to read or someone tells me about a title, I just pull it up and put it on reserve.

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