Over the years, I have written a number of blog posts on book reviews. One of the reasons for this is that I feel that I cannot stress enough how important reviews are.
Readers want to know if a book is worth an investment of their time and money. One sure way for them to determine this is to read what other people think of a book.
There are a number of ways to go about acquiring reviews of a book. These include:
- Submitting your book to book review sites and publications.
- Paying a book review service to write a review of your book.(see “Paid Book Reviews: Should You Buy?“)
- Asking friends, family members, and even strangers to read your book and write a review.
- Using a book review service like BookCrash, a books for bloggers program.
Recently, a new book review service has come to my attention. EasyBookReviews offers a review-swap program. The way this review-swap program works is that you review a book on Amazon, and in return, someone reviews your book on Amazon.
EasyBookReviews facilitates that review-swap program for authors. An author pays the program $5. Then EasyBookReviews sends the author a link to purchase a book on Amazon (for less than $3). The author then must read and write a review of this book on Amazon. Once the author does these three things, the author will receive a review of his/her book on Amazon in return.
I think a review-swap program is a very interesting concept. Although, I do have a couple questions about the program.
My first question is: Can an author choose what genre of book they want to review? Imagine having to review a book you have absolutely no interest in, just to get a review of your book. Then, what if the person reviewing your book has no interest in your subject matter—or is anti-Christian.
Another question: Is an author required to give a positive review? I also wonder: Does the program provide a guideline with some minimum requirements for a review?
These questions are not answered under the “FAQ” section of the EasyBookReviews website. Maybe these questions are answered when an author signs up for a review swap.