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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  1. identicon
    Celt, 22 Apr 2009 @ 6:51pm

    Re: Re: Books should be free?

    Don't get me wrong... I certainly think there is a place for Creative Commons and I agree with groups like Creative Commons and FSF. These groups do great work and provide help for those wishing to release under free licensing.

    I do not agree with Luis Carvalho above that it MUST be free. MUST indicates a demand or requirement. The author chooses how to distribute their thoughts and if that author selects to charge for their time and work, then good for them with sticking to a plan. Everyone wanting to read that material has the option of paying for it, or choosing to not contribute to the author's wallet. It is still the author's decision of how that information should be shared with others.

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