Review policy reminder

August 18, 2016

Recently I’ve had a number of author friends and acquaintances ask me to read and blurb their books. I’m happy to do so (although please bear in mind that I’ve become a very slow reader, so it may take some time to get through my backlog), but I don’t use Goodreads or post reviews on Amazon. There are personal reasons for this that I’ve posted about previously, and those still stand. There’s also the issue of it being against Amazon’s terms of service for you to post customer reviews if you know the author of the book, even just as an online acquaintance. Goodreads is a bit of a grayer area, but I still feel uncomfortable with it as a conflict of interest, especially based on past experiences and feedback I’ve heard from readers across the internet. I may revise my position on this in the future, but in the meantime, my Goodreads account is probably going to stay pretty much empty.

UPDATE: I ultimately decided to post blurbs I’ve written on Goodreads so people can see them more easily. However, the only reviews on my Goodreads account are blurbs I was asked by the author or publisher to provide for use as editorial reviews, for books that I genuinely enjoyed and felt were five-star reads.

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