Do You Pay Attention To Publish Dates?

March 14, 2015 Discussions 12

I’ve had friends mention this to me before, that I must like ‘old books’, because of some of the books I have reviewed on the blog. And while that’s true to an extent, what usually ends up happening is one of two things:

1) I get given a book as a gift from a friend or family member.

2) I pick up an interesting looking/sounding book at my local used book store.


In either case, I never look to see when the publish or copyright dates are until I’m sitting at my computer filling in the blanks for my review. This usually isn’t a problem as most of the books I’ve been reading lately have been published in the last 1-5 years. So not all that old.

But then every once in a while I’ll end up with a book like this one, that turns out it was published in 1986! I had no idea it was that old until I went to fill in the published date when I was posting the review.

And then I think, “should I even be reviewing this book?” but I’ve already read it, written my review, and spent all the time putting it all together. So I post it anyway. It might be interesting to someone, and even being that old, it might be a new author/book for someone.

And that isn’t even the first time I’ve done that, though admittedly, none of the others has been anywhere near as old as that book was! I keep telling myself that I need to check the publish date before buying books, but I never do it. If it looks good, or I’ve been told by people I trust that I need to read it, I’ll pick it up.


So what about you? Do you look at the publish date before buying a book? Do you decide not to review books that are more than x-years old? Will you read a book that was published more than 5 years ago?

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12 Responses to “Do You Pay Attention To Publish Dates?”

  1. Lola

    I don’t look at the publishing date often, although I do tend to read a lot of new releases. I think that’s more because I get/ request review copies of them or they have deadliens and deadlines usually are only for new releases. I don’t mind reading old books either as long as the book appeals to me and I am sure people still enjoy reviews of older books as well.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I thought since it was such an old book, it might be new to some people. So I went ahead and reviewed it since all the work was done at that point. Plus I liked the book. *grins* But friends have teased me because the book was “nearly” as old as I am. *laughs*

      I’m sure once I get my TBR shelf a more manageable size, I’ll be reading more ‘current’ books. It just made me wonder how conscious people were about when the books they’re reading were published.

  2. Karen Blue

    I always look at the publishing date. I don’t think it is bad to publish books that have been out for a while, even a few decades. Your review may help someone discover this read. I say review away!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      That’s what I figured. That the book was old enough it might be new to someone. But it just never occurs to me to check the published date until I’m filling out the review info on the blog! And I’m sure it’ll come up again, even after this. Just one of those things that slips my mind until it is right there in my face. *laughs*

  3. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I don’t pay much attention to the publish dates, but I’d say that most of the books I review are newer books anyway because I’ve come across them in my blogging. Still, no reason not to review a book that’s older – especially if you loved it. Why not? Of course, if you feel like it’s too much of a pain to review and you want one less book review on your plate, then skip it!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Good to know I’m not totally crazy in that aspect at least. I keep getting told by friends and family that I shouldn’t review books that old. To stick with books that came out in the last 5 years tops. *laughs* But when something catches my eye, I don’t ever look at when it came out. Just if it sounds like something I want to read.

  4. Charlie Anderson

    I, like you, don’t look at the publish date at all until I fill it in for the review. If I read it, I am definitely not going to let the publish date keep me from writing my review. I’ve already invested more time in it than the review itself will take to write, so might as well.

    • SilvaraWilde

      I usually write my reviews in Notepad, make sure all the bits I wanted to get in the review are there, and then I go fill out the review slots on my blog. So by the time I realize the book is super old, I’ve already put all the time and effort into reading and reviewing it. *laughs* At that point I just go ahead and post it up anyhow. Not going to waste all the time I already put into the book.

      But some friends poke at me about the age of some of the books I review. So I was trying to figure out if others were as date-blind as I seem to be. Glad to know I’m not the only one!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I always prioritize ARCs. If I get one and am already reading another book, I’ll finish the one I’m reading and review it. Then I’ll read the ARC and schedule the review for whenever that publisher says is good. And THEN I’ll go back and pick something else out of my TBR Pile of Doom.

      Mostly because I know if I don’t do the ARCs first, I’ll forget and then not do them. And also, so many books have been in my Pile of Doom for years already. So I know they’ll be a bit old by the time I get around to them. Just hopefully, not as old as I am! *laughs*

    • SilvaraWilde

      I keep telling myself I should pay more attention to them, and then I never do until it’s time to fill out that spot in UBB. *laughs* Thanks for stopping by as well.

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