There has been a lot of opinions and judgements passed about what people think of getting free books for reviewing and from whom . Here’s the question : What do bloggers feel about getting ‘free’ review copies ?
The first thing that comes to mind is all those book blogger programs we’ve all signed up for . Let me be clear from the start and tell you I love free books .
But then …nothing is quite free.
I’m sick of the word ‘free’ when people use it with ‘review copies ‘ . Review copies are not free . They’re sorta the payment for a honest , well-written review which is a marketing service . But they’re also not quite a ‘payment ‘ . That is why I have a problem with review copies from programs .
I know I know , I’m being a lot cynical . But we’re the actual people working here for ‘free’ . I hate going through all those rules the programs have up and having to go through the requirements twice each time to see if I qualify .
And then there’s the problem of having to review all books you receive .
Example : Goodreads FirstReads
I have discussed again and again about how Goodreads isn’t very random . Everyone who is online a lot and write a lot of reviews win ! Want proof of that ? Here I am , someone who’s had a lot of luck with GR .
The thing is , we’re bloggers . We request books so we can review them . Why would we even request books if we don’t want to review it ?
For my part , I do feel obliged to review all books I receive but I’m not a super woman and I do get into book slumps . I hate feeling pushed to review a book in any given time period .
Do you feel obligated to review the books you receive ? Do you not feel obliged to review books ?