Author Offers Free Copy Of His Book To Anyone Who Writes An Amazon Review

from the free-books dept

It's pretty common for book publishers to send out free copies of their books to book reviewers and publications. It's part of the publicity effort that any new book tends to go through. However, in this day and age, pretty much everyone is a book reviewer thanks to blogs or Amazon... and one author is responding accordingly. ChurchHatesTucker alerts us to the news that author Charlie Finlay is offering a free copy of his book to anyone who promises to review it on Amazon. Basically, he knows that the best way to build buzz around the book is to actually get people to read it, and giving away the book to people who will provide that buzz is probably a cost effective way to get some attention. Now, some might question whether the reviewers will be "fair" because they received the book for free -- but that's true of most professional book reviewers already.

Filed Under: books, charlie finlay, free, reviews
Companies: amazon


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    Celt, 22 Apr 2009 @ 6:05pm

    Books should be free?

    Wait a second... am I reading that people believe that we should pay for the paper product, but the content inside should be free? What load of BS are you trying to sell? The content inside is intellectual property, no different from ideas protected by patents and copyright. I may disagree with our copyright system, but I'll never say that the content of a book should be free. That is time and thought poured into written form by someone, a person that most likely spent a large chunk of their time formulating those thoughts and putting them to paper, then revising, re-reading, and editing for a rough draft that might be considered by a publisher.

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