Reading and Reviewing Complimentary Copies from Authors

I’ve been thinking a lot here lately about reviewing books that are gifted from authors. When I started blogging and reviewing on Goodreads, I started getting a good amount of free copies of books from authors. Not only that, I read for Netgalley, and I’m consistently reviewing books that were gifted in one way or another.

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I noticed last year on Amazon that reviews were being removed if they had any mention of a book or product being given in exchange for a review. You can read about it here.

Many times on Goodreads you will see this on book reviews,

“Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.” 

-or something like what I use-

“I’d like to thank the author for sharing a complimentary copy of this book with me.” 

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So, my question today is simple. Is adding a “Thanks” to the author and stating that you got a book for free a negative thing to do on a book review and do you think that it makes the review seem less legit? 

Some people will say “yes” and tell you that it looks bad because in their mind they are thinking that somehow it’s skewed the review into the more positive range. Other people say that it’s a requirement – that you should always thank the author or publisher and be courteous.

I’ve noticed recently that when an author reads another author’s book, they don’t commonly thank the author at all. Could it be that they feel this looks bad? Is that why they don’t include that information on their review?

What are your thoughts on this? Please feel free to comment below…

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