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The Magic of Book Swag

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Book swag seems more popular than ever. Book subscription boxes and Etsy are full of graphic prints, bookmarks, candles, pins, Funko figures, jewelry, mugs, t-shirts, totes, and more.

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I totally get the obsession with it. There are so many options and so much cool stuff to choose from!

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I have to confess though, I'm not big on most book swag. I love looking at it online, but I only keep so much decorative stuff around, and I won't use most of it -- almost never use candles or jewelry, and I'm more likely to grab a napkin or scrap of paper for a bookmark, lol.

If I collected more swag, it would probably be magnets and mugs. Mugs are good for tea and hot chocolate, and magnets are pretty with a ready-to-go location where I can see and enjoy them everyday: the fridge. :)

I'd also be interested in seeing more book swag of the edible variety. Not too expensive, mind you, but maybe a few special candy or snack mixes? Ooh, and bonus web comics or free side stories. When you finish a good book and aren't quite ready to leave the characters behind, nothing hits the spot like a little extra content. Especially silly, humorous add-ons!

What kinds of book swag do you collect? Any particular fandoms or series?

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  1. I barely have room for my books. Lots of swag isn't happening. I would make the exception for Discworld stuff I suppose. And perhaps a really cool map.

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    1. True. When space is at a premium, I'd rather have books than book-related stuff. Maps can be cool though, and they double as wall art!

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  2. This is so funny because I actually have a post in my drafts on this exact subject---I just don't get excited about swag like a lot of people do. At least not in the long term. I do like buttons, though---I have a few bags I've gotten from conferences that I cover with buttons. Magnets would be fun too, but I don't think I've gotten many of those.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Buttons are good! They add a nice decorative touch to a useful item. :) I haven't seen many magnets so far either. I think they're maybe more expensive to get printed up?

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  3. I am not really big on swag, but I have a bit of it. What I really want is posters of maps, and maybe a key-chain. I love maps, and books with maps, but I only have one map poster. I would love more map posters. No one does key-chains, but I think it would be a nice way to show you really love a book. Tee-shirts are cool, but too pricey.
    Great post!

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    1. I've always wondered why they don't do more posters when they're so big for movies and music. Keychains would be nice too, though I expect they're a little pricey to make. Thank you, Karen!

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  4. I do like book swag, such as bookmarks and bookplates but only really for the books I'm actually interested in reading and such. I'm not a huge fan of candy / sweets as book swag, because I know I'm never going to eat it!

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    1. That makes sense! If you're not going to read the book, or didn't like it, the swag probably has limited appeal. Unless it's independently cool; I have a button about "infinite parallel universes." No clue what book it goes to, but I like it. I occasionally binge on chocolate, but I'm more of a savory/salty/spicy snack person. Maybe if they made special crackers or hot sauce varieties!

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  5. I have a love hate relationship with it. I love it and I love using it for bookstragram, but then I really don't know where to put it all so then it ends up just getting shoved in a box somewhere or maybe going on a bookshelf if it's cool enough!

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    1. Exactly! It's so pretty, but where will I put it? But you've definitely put it all to good use. Your Instagram photos are beautiful!

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