The first time I saw a book trailer, I thought it was the silliest thing.  Books are the written word not movies after all!  To me it makes much more sense to advertise a book with blurbs, synopsis, and excerpts.  Interviews with the authors are also helpful and informative.

I’m still not crazy about them.  But I’d love to know your thoughts.  What do you think of book trailers?  What are some of the best book trailers you’ve seen?  Have you ever bought a book because it had an awesome trailer?

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3 Responses to “Weekend Discussion: Book Trailers”

  1. Erin Says:

    I can’t say that I am a fan of the trailers either. They just don’t make sense to me. How can you advertise a book that way? I agree that books should be advertised in print not video.

  2. Sheila Says:

    Every time a movie comes out based on a book you see a rise in the sale of that book. Often you will even see it make the bestsellers list if the movie is a big budget movie.

    Book trailers are so popular with young people that teachers are adding them into their curriculum.

    Book trailers have been around for a long time. Booksellers started taking them in 2003. And booksellers take them now. Hundreds of booksellers do.

    Book trailers are not geared toward traditional readers. Traditional readers like back cover blurbs, book club recommendations, book reviews, etc. Book trailers are really for a younger, more visual person. They are for those people who may read occasionally if they learn about a story that appeals to them.

    Book trailers bring people back to books to be entertained. They offer the publishing industry a way to reach those same entertainment dollars that video games, tv, movie theater and music are advertising to.

    Book trailers help bring public notice to books. They encourage people to remember that books are fun, not just assignments from school, or research material.

    If trailers encourage people to read more I would hope that the entire book industry would embrace it.

    That’s my 2 cents. Thanks for letting me share.

  3. Amy Says:

    Hi Sheila,

    If people do read books on account of book trailers then I’m all for it!

    It just doesn’t work for me, and I was curious about others. Thanks for your thoughts!

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