Having hung around lots of biker bars in my time, which should surprise no one, I have always agreed with this saying.
Which may indicate why I also agree with what King Rat has to say about Compensation In Book Blogging.
When I worked with Sybil over at The Good The Bad And The Unread I have to say I did feel pressure to review the eBooks I had recieved even though Sybil was an absolute doll and let me choose the eBooks from her gargantuan pile of goodies there was still this pressure I felt to crank out those reviews. I sucked at it! I so failed! And no Sybil does not use whips although I might have stayed longer if she had.
I am one of those people who wants to write a review that means something to me and will focus on some aspect of the book to explain why I liked it and most times that means sitting down with it for a while and contemplating it’s value to me. This is not a practice that goes very well with quantity of new content.
I also think when you step beyond simply reviewing a book and start promoting a publisher and their products you start hitting that gray area. So when I promote that list of Top ePublishers you see on the side of my blog the facts are I don’t get a penny from them for promotion. Not even free eBooks. It’s all about my experiences in talking with their authors and with their staff or owners and because I buy from them as a customer. When I look at eBook Readers I do not receive a single penny and no review units. When I review a eBook it’s because it caught my eye and I bought it and own it and enjoy it, or not, and here is why.
When I did the Teddypig Favorites eBook promotion with Loose Id it was for the readers out there, not for me to get anything. Those were all eBooks I already had paid for from Loose Id. Yes and it costs money too for me to run this website and buy these eBooks and in that case for Loose Id to run the promotion. This is not a job for me this is an honest interest and one I want to keep with few if any strings attached unlike say Romantic Times. As King Rat pointed out this is the way “unbias” should work. Organizations like Consumer Reports function this way and I pay for a subscription to them year after year and it is the way I try to do my thing.
Sybil over at TGTBTU, whom I consider to be a good friend has her way of doing things and I believe her model of accepting free books for reviews works for her without any question to her integrity and I can say that having helped on her website. What you see with Sybil is what you get. The same goes for Mrs. Giggles in my opinion.
On that note, do I think Dear Author and Smart Bitches have sold some of their own image in promoting say only Sony eBook Readers? Hell yeah, and I am not the only one online that feels that way. I don’t see them giving equal blog time or promotional space to say Cool-er or the many of the other eBook Readers that have shown up. I am not alone in thinking they are not that far off from looking just like one of those “paid for” review sites in that regard. It’s their blogs and their quandary and their image and no question they can do what they want. On the flip side people are not blind to hypocrisy or over justification and we all know glass houses are transparent but it is still not a good idea to throw stones no matter how much Windex you use.
So what is the issue they have with BBAW?