Investigated – Book Extras

Posted April 28, 2014 by Emily in Investigated / 0 Comments


Today, I want to talk about book extras. What do I mean when I say book extras? When I say that, I mean anything that is well, extra to a book. Something like those little bonus items / pamphlets you get when you buy a certain edition of a book at a certain place. Something that is not part of the book, but deals with the book at the same time.

Personally, I love, love, love book extras. What I do not love, however is that sometimes they feel like collector’s items. Why do I say this? Well, because usually, if you want to own the whole set of extras, you would have to buy, like, 5 different copies of the same book., something I don’t particularly recommend, especially if it’s the same edition. And then there’s the fact that a lot of times, book extras are kind of useless. For example, in my hardcover copy of The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (the US version from B&N), there’s a Camp Jupiter brochure, which, in all honestly, I could care less about. But, on the other hand, in my Collector’s edition (they actually call it that, so you can kind of see what I meant before) of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, there’s a “Reader’s Guide” at the end which includes all these interview questions for John Green and his answers. I thought that was pretty neat. But the book extra I love the most does not come from the back of a particular book. In fact, you don’t even have to buy the book to get access to this book extra. The book extra I’m talking about is Pottermore.

Pottermore is exactly what it sounds it like… more Potter, Harry Potter, to be exact. Not only does it simulate life at Hogwarts and allows you to “be” a student there, it also contains a bunch of other extras. Those extras include pieces of writing the J.K. Rowling wrote herself to give her readers a more in depth understanding of the world she created. In short, Pottermore not only allows you to be sorted into a house, brew potions, fight in duels, gain (and lose) points for your house, explore the HP books, it also has exclusive content from J.K. Rowling. If you love HP, I would highly recommend you check Pottermore out.

How do you feel about book extras?
Love them? Hate them?
What’s your book extra?



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