I was browsing through my feed reader the other day and came across two new book trailers that I thought were pretty cool:
Both cool trailers, right? But both books were already on my radar and I've actually already read one of them, so they didn't make me discover something new.
I've noticed that when I mention book trailers when talking with my non-librarian, non-blogger friends, they don't know what I'm talking about. They always seem surprised that book trailers are out there. It seems as though the people that know about book trailers are the people that avid readers (some of who are librarians) who are already involved in the book community online. I know some librarians use book trailers with their teens. We've posted them to our library teen blog and sometimes get a response. I've used book trailers when I've done school visits and used them as part of my booktalks.
It seems that for book trailers to work, they have to have a high budget feel to them and look really cool. They can't just be a slideshow of words and pictures-I don't have the patience to sit through trailers like that I know many teens that feel the same. My teens seem to like animated trailers or trailers that are live action and have the feel of a movie trailer. (Simone Elkeles's book trailers are wonderful for this and sell those books wonderfully!)
So I'm wondering, what do you think of book trailers? Do you know about them? Do your non-reader friends know about them? If you're a librarian, do your teens know about book trailers? Do you like them or not? And how do you use them in your library or on your blog?