As a writer, blogger and book lover, I get a ton of requests to review books on my blog. I do my best to support those who ask, but sometimes I just can't. If I don't have the time, I usually offer an author interview or even a guest post so at minimum an author can get their book solid web exposure. That said, when I do read and review books, I don't charge nor have I ever considered doing so.
In Michele's post, she mentioned a book blogging site wanted to charge $95 for a review, which I found astounding. Sounds crazy, huh? I found an interesting article from CNET at Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know - In #21 it discusses a couple of options self pub authors have with buying reviews. Maybe it's worth it, maybe it's not, but it got me wondering what you all thought.
- For bloggers/readers:I have to ask, Do you charge for reviews? If so, what's a fair price? Or is it wrong to charge? I'm interested in true insight from bloggers who do charge. I know how time consuming reading and reviewing can be so this question is strictly for educational purposes.
- For authors:
Have you faced this challenge? How have you handled it when book blogging sites wanted to charge? At what point would you consider paying for a review? Is it even worth it? Only if Oprah herself reviewed the book, huh? LOL!