I'll go straight to the point, I hate when people choose to do something labelled "US only". I find it inconsiderate and unfair.
Let me explain a little.
More often than not, giveaways are for US only. Same with arcs tour. Also, a lot of blog tours will have physical copies available for US residents only. And don't even get me started on the book tours or the author signing...!
Why is it that the US always has priority? Because of costs issues? I understand that sending a book across the ocean can be expensive, but spending an extra five dollars to send it to another country in North America won't make you broke. And if it does, then maybe you shouldn't be hosting a giveaway or whatever it is that your are hosting in the first place.
I understand that when it comes to giveaways, a lot of them are hosted by teenage book bloggers that might not have all the money in the world, but guess what? I'm a teenage book blogger too! I'm a student going to university next year, but I can spare five dollars for the occasions I decide to host giveaways.
"Well Sophie, just do a 'Canada only' giveaway"
Yeah, there's a problem with that suggestion.
Canada has a population of 35 million people. The US? 321 million. Now, add to that the fact that Canadian book bloggers are a minority in the blogosphere.
Conclusion: nothing stops me from hosting a "Canada only" giveaway, but if I want to reach more than ten people, I have to extend it to "North America only".
Now back to the blog tours and the publishers giveaways. I understand that a lot of YA authors are US residents and that three of the "Big Five" publishing companies are originating from the United States of America. But I would like to participate in a blog tour where I can do more than an author interview or an excerpt release. Those are fun, but I would like to help promote a book by sharing my love for it, not how nice the author was.
I find this entire thing unfair because while no one forces me to extend my giveaways outside my country, I don't really have a choice if I want to reach more than a couple of person, and people in the US can just keep it to their country.
While this was more a rant than a discussion, I do hope that you realize how lucky you are if you're a US resident. You have the book conventions, the tours, the author's signing, the great TV shows, and the giveaways. Please remember that in the future.
I want to hear what you think of all of this; I truly do! Explain to me why you agree or disagree with me!
Take care lovelies,