Where do you (cross-) post your book reviews?
So I spent the last couple of evenings getting all my older reviews posted on Amazon. For a while I had resisted since I’m generally not an Amazon fan, but then Amazon Vine started looking shiny again…. This got me wondering what everyone else’s cross-posting habits were and where they post their reviews.
I had a completely different paragraph here until Goodreads decided to start deleting reviews and shelves randomly (yes, perhaps not randomly, but hypocritically and fairly random). For now I haven’t really found an alternative I like enough, but I’ll be exporting my books frequently so that I’m less likely to lose reviews if they are deemed “bullying.”
Of course, how this whole post got started is Amazon. As a friend of an indie bookseller, I have loyalty issues against Amazon. I’m also annoyed that I can’t link to my blog from my reviews to try to get more visitors (which is kind of why you cross-post right?). However, Amazon Vine is the shiny light at the end of the tunnel. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an invite only review program. I assume that you have to have a high enough review ranking to get invited? Someday perhaps ;-). I also get annoyed with Amazon because it doesn’t allow early reviews to be posted unless you belong to Amazon Vine. I cross-post when I write a post, which is often before the book has come out, but Amazon won’t let me D: This inevitably means I end up forgetting to cross-post until I go on a spree….
Barnes & Noble
So I’ve only briefly looked over at B&N’s online site. I have seen from other bloggers’ review policies that some people do cross-post to B&N. I think when I looked at their policy, they also don’t allow links, right? So this makes me wonder if there is a motivation beyond just helping out the book to post to B&N. Thoughts?
The Book Depository
A while ago I enrolled in TBD’s affiliate and reviewer programs, however I haven’t actually ever been contacted to review a book. Is this because they have a similar metric for how many reviews you’ve posted and how helpful they are? Does anyone cross-post reviews to TBD?
LT has the bonus that it is really easy to sync your GR reviews over. This means that once in a while I just got over to LT and have it sync with Goodreads and I’m golden. I’m a part of their Early Reviewers program and have gotten a couple of books from that, and they once again state that if you review more books, you’re more likely to win. That seems to actually have made a difference for me since I’ve been winning more lately.
BookLikes seems to be the best alternative to Goodreads at the moment. It has a nice user interface and has promised that it will stay independent. Since it’s easy to import your Goodreads books, there isn’t much of a reason not to. However, there are some things I hope they implement soon: groups, reviews of friends ranked above other reviews, easier searching….
Various other book tracking sites
I know there are a lot of other sites that are doing the GR/LT thing. Anyone love one of them so much that that site is where they post reviews?
Where do you post reviews besides your blog? What is your reasoning behind where you post reviews? Anyone have more insight into Amazon Vine for me? >.>
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