This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.
Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?
I couldn’t help but giggle at today’s question. I have a post all ready to go that discusses this very topic, so I’ll briefly answer this and then ask my own question.
I think many reviewers are uncomfortable with putting up a negative review of a book, which I totally understand. Obviously, I don’t have that problem. Nor do I think reviewers need to put up disclaimers on their blog.
What I AM seeing, though, is reviewers starting to actually decline review books. Blogging about books definitely has its perks; I practically get to cherry pick the books I read! However, I also haven’t had much time to read older books that have intrigued me or books that were in my TBR pile long before I started blogging. I took down my note to authors and publishers that I will review books quite a while ago. I still have people that I get books from to review, but I no longer advertise that I’m open to this.
So my question to you is: How has receiving ARCs affected your reading? Have you considered stemming the flow of incoming books so you have more freedom to read what you want? Has receiving free books become more of a burden than a blessing?