Welcome to the launch of BIBLIONOMICS!
(I can’t believe I am finally bringing my brainchild into this world! I am scared, excited, and anxious, tbh.)
As some of you know, I just graduated last May 10, 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. And the time after graduation – yep, this time when I just turned into a newbie unemployed – is the perfect time I found to finally gather all my thoughts together and make this idea finally come true.
The idea of launching this special feature in my blog came into my mind probably when I was around 3rd year college. Blogging and studying, my life was consumed by both fiction books and Economics for almost 3 years – since I wasn’t a book blogger yet when I was a freshman. Economics is something I really needed (and still needs) to work hard for in order to understand. There are subjects I found a bit easier, but there are also subjects where I found things extremely difficult to comprehend that I sometimes just feel like I don’t want to bother anymore (lol). Still, Economics is something that I learned to love – close to how I love books which helped me relieve all those stress while working so hard to understand this social science.
One day, I thought that maybe it will be good if I’ll be able to think and talk about these two at the same time. These two where my world revolved around for years. I also thought how great it could be if I’ll be able to contribute something or anything to the community by using what I know. Hence, Biblionomics was born.
Biblionomics is a combination of the two words, “biblio” and “Economics”. “Biblio” is a Greek word meaning book, while Economics comes from the Greek word “oikonomia” meaning household management, and is a social science that deals with the satisfaction of the unlimited wants and needs through the efficient allocation of scarce resources.
Biblionomics is a special feature in Afire Pages whereas Economic theories or concepts are applied to anything related to books, readers and everything else in the bookish world.
Aside from the mentioned beforehand, Biblionomics was created for another purpose.
The main purpose of Biblionomics is to understand certain behaviors of the players in the book industry – readers, publishers, authors, etc., to know certain trends in the community, and to just simply gain answers to questions bibliophiles ask that can be attained through research.
*please ignore that unnecessary question mark above*
What I envision for now is a lot of research. I will be using survey method probably most of the time. This means that, Biblionomics will not work only because of me. This will work through collective effort – by me and YOU. This will be as close to a success if I will be able to receive the participation of my target or a large sample. So, I really hope that this project will receive your support and participation.
Now, I don’t want y’all to keep your hopes so high up in the sky. I know I mentioned that I want to contribute something in the community, which makes this sounds so serious. But I want to clear that I am also just doing this for fun. I just simply want to learn things about the bookish community and link them to Economics or apply what I know of it. I am no expert in Economics and I am not here to actually teach you Economics. Though, I can share what I know. But I don’t know everything. And I am blogging to enjoy. So, I will be simplifying things. I will not be using statistical tests and softwares like we do in the field. I will be breaking some rules. And I will not follow some certain assumptions.
Simply put, we’ll just go with the basics and play with some concepts and theories.
(And please, I don’t want to receive bad comments that I am doing or using some Economic concepts wrong. Because I will not be fulfilling some of their assumptions and following their rules anyway and those will be specified. If you want to teach me though, especially in Econometrics and Operations Research, I’ll actually be grateful! :D)
I do not have much yet in line. I just want to take things one step at a time. But now, I can already give you my *first* project for Biblionomics! I am still uncertain on the date it will be posted because I still have a lot of things to do both irl and here, but I am certain that this is the one. So, what is it?
BIBLIONOMICS #1: Non-Price Determinants of the Demand for Books
We all know that price is a huge factor that affects the demand for a certain good or service. BUT, it’s not the only thing. There are other things. The same goes with books. And that’s what we are going to find out on the first Biblionomics project!
Stay tuned! 😉
Have you taken an Economics subject before? How was it for you? Do you have any expectations or recommendations that you want to see in Biblionomics? Share your thoughts below!