I have been a fan of podcasts since I got my iPod for Christmas in 2006. Recently I have been taking advantage of listening to them on my iPad 2 while I get ready in the mornings and am doing my hair and applying my make-up. I’m obsessed with listening to author interviews and book review podcasts and in my searches I have discovered a wonderful podcast and blog called Books on the Nightstand (BOTNS). The hosts are Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman who work for Random House but the podcasts are their own personal opinions about books they love and industry chatter. Their format is nice and covers a discussion topic, hot industry topics/titles/reading lists and two books they can’t wait for their audience to read.
I was listening to Podcast #128 the other day and I wanted to respond to it. I thought responding on my blog would be a great way to do that so I’m starting a new thing here. Responding to Books on the Nightstand podcast topics and possibly other podcasts as I come across them. Be sure to check out Books on the Nightstand yourself. If you would please click on the link to the podcast I’ll be responding to in posts and listen to it first and then come back and read my response I would love you for it. I will always link to the podcast just like I did above.
Planet Books RESPONSE to the question “Do you read the epigraph?”:
Epigraph ~ (n) ~ a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc, suggesting its theme
I do read the epigraph! Sometimes it does connect to the book and sometimes I go back while reading the book and the wonder what the hell it means. Most times the epigraph ends up being relevant but on the rare occasion it remains a puzzle. I believe that the epigraph can set the tone for the book. It can give the reader a little hint of what is in store for them ahead. I agree with Michael when he says he thinks that sometimes the epigraph was that one thread that the author jumped off from and got the idea for their book.
It’s an interesting question! Do you read the epigraph? Did you used to read it when you were holding the old-fashioned paper and ink book in your hands and now you have an e-reader that automatically goes to the first page when starting a book so you forget about it? I always go back to the cover page on my Kindle and then look at each page as I click my way towards the first page of the story.
Let me know your thoughts and feel free to respond on the BOTNS site too. I don’t know Michael and Ann but I like what they are doing with the podcast medium. Their web site is great and chock full of book and publishing information and I’m learning about even more books out there and som behind the scenes info too.