So, lately I've been wondering about blogger etiquette for attending author lectures/book signings. Mostly because I never buy the book. (I'm a freak of blogger nature, I know. Why I'm not a book buyer is a post for another time.)
Anyway, even without making purchases, I still like to go to signings. I love to hear different authors talk about their process, or ideas, or really anything. Most authors are good story tellers, so they're very entertaining when they come speak. And I've kind of viewed their visits like those Pampered Chef/Mary Kay/candles/etc. parties that I get invited to often. It's pretty rare I buy anything at those, either. I still show up to be supportive, though, because who wants to throw one of those parties and have no one come?
But at the same time, the whole point of those little parties, or author visits, is to get people to buy stuff. And I've been wondering lately if maybe I shouldn't go to signings if I'm not going to buy anything.
What do you guys think? Is it bad manners to go to an author event and then not buy the book? Is it different if it's held at a library vs. a book store?