Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger from All Consuming Media and Karen from For What It's Worth Reviews to discuss issues unique to book bloggers. To find out details, click HERE.
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?
Short answer: I don’t think that book bloggers are “obligated” to do anything. My feeling is you can do whatever you want on your blog. It is YOURS.
Long answer: That being said, if a book blogger is trying to cultivate a relationship with a publisher or author, I think he/she owes them respect and courtesy. Personally, if I accept an ARC given to me specifically for review, I feel an obligation to read the book and post an opinion. If I do not like it, I will be honest, but I always try to be constructive with any criticism. (I think this falls under negative reviews as well.) If a publisher or author just sends me an ARC or a book unsolicited, I don’t feel obligated to read it. On the flip side, publishers, publicists and authors also owe bloggers respect. This could mean anything from reading our review policy carefully, to being mindful of our time and other obligations.
For me, my blog is my personal kind of...book journal, where I keep track of books, events and other book related news. I never even thought of it as being part of an obligation or agenda.