Book Blogger Confessions is a newish meme hosted by Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they be discuss a topic that effects book bloggers and then give other bloggers a chance to vent, share their opinion or offer a solution.
If you want to participate just grab their button and include it in your post with a link to either Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth. They will be providing a linky at the end of their posts so people can "hop" to see all the participants answers.
This Week’s Question: What do we owe publishers and authors? If we accept ARC’s do we “owe” anything to them or just an honest review to our followers? As book bloggers are we obligated to do more than just review books? Post covers – participate in book tours – host guest posts – promote authors?
As a blogger, I don’t feel that I “owe” publishers anything. I run my blog for fun, and I don’t receive any compensation for all of the time that I spend on it. I do receive review books, but I don’t believe that I am obligated to positively review them, or even review them at all. If it is a book that I requested, then I feel that I should make my best effort to read and review it in a timely fashion. If it is an unsolicited title, and it looks interesting, I will do my best to squeeze it into the schedule as soon as possible. The problem with this is that time isn’t a limitless resource, and I only have so much of it to spread around. Even when I want to read and review something, time constraints often interfere with my carefully prepared schedule.
That being said, when I agree to participate in a blog tour, I do feel obligated to post on my assigned date. Because it was starting to feel too much like work, I have cut back on “hard” post dates for reviews. I am always open for an author interview or guest post, but the reviews are much more time consuming, and when I feel pressured to read a book, I don’t enjoy it as much.
I post covers because I enjoy discovering new books to read, and I want to share my excitement of each new discovery. I run giveaways as a way to recycle books that I have already read, and to promote reading. The bottom line here is that I blog because I love books, and I need a platform to express my love for books. Most of the people I hang out with in real life don’t read, and a few of them have even told me that they find reading a form of torture. I just think they are reading the wrong books, but what do I know? I find it a form of torture to NOT have time to read!
Book blogging is my hobby, not my profession. Until it starts paying the mortgage, I don’t feel obligated to do anything. If I ran my blog out of a sense of duty, it would quickly become tedious, and I wouldn’t want to do it anymore. This is supposed to be fun, not work.
What do you think? Is there an obligation to publishers or authors implied when you run a book blog?