Hello book royalists!
I have been wondering for some time if we should be so carefree about reviewing books under request by only getting a book in exchange. I mean, don’t get me wrong, a free book is always well received but is it fair?
Authors and publishers are using book bloggers and reviewers as a source of feedback and recommendations to improve their product, but is it enough for us to only get a book for free? Authors want us to buy their books for obvious reasons and I think that is fair and I am against piracy… but… I wonder…
Am I giving my services for free?… in theory… I think I am…
In this equation, for example, Netgalley, they win more than us. We get to read a book if approved of course, but they get so much more from us!
- They get feedback from us.
- They start getting reviews and our thoughts to see how good the book will do (#marketing)
- They start getting the book out in the public ahead of time.
- We will post, comment, and discuss about it with everybody!
- Then… our followers will get the cravings for the book, and will request and will do step 1 to 5 all over again… or even buy it!
And all we got was the change to read it free and ahead of time… is that fair? I think some of you have the luck to get contacted directly by the publishers and get an advanced physical copy… but us, who live in Narnia, cannot even dream about that…
Should I just feel honored, invest my time for free, and read all the books I get and finish them just because I have to? Hell no!
Are my time and opinions worth 1 book? Hmmm, I do not think so…
I don’t know you but with a full-time job, a relationship, social life, full time studies, and a family… taking 6 hours weekly to read someone’s book… instead of investing it on my own TBR list… I don’t think that is 100% fair…
I am already reading and reviewing books that I want to read… but that is on me… you asking me to read your book… I think that is on both of us, right?
What do you think?
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