Review Copies

Bent Bindings is a new enterprise for me, and one that’s giving me a lot of enjoyment. I’m learning a lot about reading, writing, and the whole community out there that exists for readers on the internet. Part of the fun of writing this web site is all the stuff I get to learn.

One of the things I’ve recently learned is that there is a whole bunch of people out there who are willing to give you free books if you review them. This whole concept is just amazing to me. It’s like giving a 5 year old free candy.

However, having talked to others who have their own book review websites, and reading articles out there on the subject, I realized that it’s a responsibility as well as a perk.

I’ve recently finished the first review copy that I received, and because I’ll be posting the review soon, I’d like to make clear the rules that I’ll follow when dealing with review copies. I’m spelling these out so that you, my readers, know my intentions, and so that any publishers or authors also know the rules I live by in regards to these books.

Review Copy Rules

  • I will only accept books that I am interested in and that you, my readers, would like to hear about.
  • I will review any book that I request from a publisher/author, whether I liked it or not.
  • I may review a book I receive without request, but I will not feel obligated to do so.
  • I will not allow the fact that someone gave me a free book to alter my review. If I don’t like the book, this will be part of the review.
  • I will always note in the review when the copy of the book was given to me free of charge. I do this in the spirit of full disclosure.
  • I will notify the publisher/author when the review is published on the web site, but they will not be allowed to see the review before it is published.

As I said at the start of this article, this web site is a learning experience. This means that these rules may grow and change as I do.

Any comments/observations as far as review copies go? Leave me a comment.

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