Where do you get your books?
Most of the books I review, I receive for free from the publisher or author. All free books will be noted as such at the bottom of the review. Occasionally, I will review a book I have either bought myself or borrowed from the library, simply because it was either very good or very bad and I want to let others know. If you are an author or a publisher and would like to offer a book for review, please contact me through my Review Request Form. I reserve the right to select books that I feel are appropriate for my audience. I can accept physical books or Kindle-compatible ebooks. (Want to know how many people will see the review? Check out my blog stats here.)
I also post all reviews on Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, Goodreads (my profile is private, but the reviews will show up on the individual book page), and GetGlue.com (if the book is in their system). I prefer not to use other retail sites because they don’t allow you to go back and edit your reviews.
If you want to get books to review on your blog, check out my post How To Get Free Books To Review On Your Blog.
Why do some reviews have ranking boxes?
One of the publishers for whom I review has a system that allows readers to rank reviews. The higher my overall ranking as a reviewer, the more books I have to choose from. But you don’t care about that. What you really want to know is why should you bother? Every time you rate a review, you have a chance to win the book I reviewed. Free book is good, yes?
They do ask for an email address, but it’s just for verification purposes. You will need to click the link in the email they send you to verify your address. But if you uncheck the box, when you enter your email address you won’t receive anything else from them, and you only need to confirm your email address one time, no matter how many reviews you rank. You can only rate each review once. You can find all my WaterBrook Press reviews on this page. You can also sign up for the Blogging for Books program from that page if you are interested.