Dear FTC and Readers:
Publishers send me books to review. On the sidebar, I have a list of such publishers that I think needs to be updated. I also get copies from conferences. Or from friends.
When books are sent, there is no expectation on either side; publishers may or may not send books. I may or may not review.
Personally, I don't finish books I don't like; I prefer to concentrate on books I like; so it's rare for me to do a "hate this" review. I do review critically; and I have been known to be snarky when deserved. I post reviews based on what is best for this blog, taking into consideration a lot of factors. All my choices -- not the decision of a publisher, or publicist, or author, or fill-in-the-blank.
Publishers who donate copies for review have no expectation of anything when they submit books; as a matter of fact, if a publisher raises that expectation, even for something like when a review will be posted, I refuse the copy.
Review copies expands the numbers of books I review beyond what my library has or my bookstore has. Without the review copies, the books available to me for review would be limited by the collection development person at the library, the buyer for the bookstore, or the professional reviews of books.
I review books. I do not endorse products or publishers. Publishers are not my advertiser; I am not their endorser. I write reviews.
I disclose when I receive review copies because I think it helps the reader to know how and where reviewers get books and transparency is never bad.
What do I do with the books afterwards? Sometimes, the books are now marked up, notated for reviewing purposes. Pages have fallen out. A post-it may inadvertently tear a page. Some books are held onto, to reread as I try to guess who will win what award. The majority of the books are donated, given away, passed along. I don't sell them; and if they are donated to organizations, I do not take a tax deduction for that donation.
Hope that clears some things up.
Liz B/ Tea Cozy
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