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Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Trailers: Like or Dislike?

Lately I've been thinking about book trailers... Not only about which ones I liked, but also whether or not they achieve their goal, which is, obviously, convincing viewers to pick up the book advertised.

There are some books that I've decided to read because I was so moved by or impressed by the book trailer (like Nathan Filer's Where the Moon Isn't). I can't say I've ever not picked up a book because I disliked the book trailer... and there have been many trailers that I was unimpressed by.

Edit: As I've been reading the comments and responses from other bloggers, I started to consider whether or not educators and librarians utilize book trailers. I could imagine a situation in which a reader, who does stalk Goodreads or regularly read jacket descriptions, seeing one of those more simple trailers (the ones with just images and snippets of text) and then deciding to pick up a book. Does anyone out there use book trailers in this way? Do you think they could be a valuable reader advisory tool?
Sound off in the comments! How do you feel about book trailers? Do you watch them? Have you ever seen one that convinced you to read a specific book (feel free to share the trailer, too!)? Have you ever decided not to read something based on the book trailer?
Below I've shared some book trailers from various publishers and authors that I've liked.


The Violet Hour by Whitney Miller
Flux / 3.8.2014 / Goodreads

The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna
Penguin BFYR / 7.11.2013 / Goodreads


The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance
Macmillan / 7.23.2013 / Goodreads

Where the Moon Isn't by Nathan Filer
Macmillan / 11.5.2013 / Goodreads

Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
HarperTeen / 9.20.2011 / Goodreads


  1. Tell me a secret has been on my wsh líst for a whil. Ok now on the discussion

    I like book trailers , they can bring a book to life . Of course I'm talking about the great ones . Often they suck

  2. I never really watch them because I don't want to ruin the story or spoil surprises
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. Book trailers usually aren't spoilery... well, none that I've seen anyway. ;) Usually, they're even more vague than the jacket description! Buuut, better safe than sorry, right?

  4. I read an arc back before it came out, so it's been a long time, but I really did like it!

  5. I almost never watch book trailers, but just watched Tell Me a Secret - and wow! I still don't think I'll go out of my way to look for them, but thanks for sharing! :)

  6. For some reason I really don't watch book trailers.

  7. I could take or leave book trailers. When they are really well done, I enjoy them tremendously. But book trailers for the sake of book trailers? Nah. I mean the main point of reading as oppose to watching a movie is that you are able to create the scene in your head. If they create a scene for me in the trailer, that will be what I imagine when I read it, just like if I see the movie before I read the book I imagine exactly those actors as the characters. Also, some book trailers are just words floating across a background of nothing important. I don't need to waste my time watching that when it would take less time for me to read it in a paragraph, you know?

  8. Honestly I don't like book trailers! There are definitely exceptions, but all in all the ones with just pictures going in a I find them a bit dorky. I DO love some though. That Heartbreak Messanger was so cool! Except it's given me a hankering for chocolate...still. Awesome. And I LOVE the one for 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. It looks just like a movie trailer.


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