I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
Starting this month, Amazon Prime members will be given one free Kindle book. The book will be a title that will be released during that month, and there is a selection of four books to choose from.
The optimistic me is excited. Who doesn't like a free* book? And also, hey, finally an Amazon feature I'll use (I signed up for Amazon prime in May or June and tired of their streaming features fairly quickly). The pessimistic side is skeptical. Why would Amazon give away a new release unless they are cleverly fishing for reviews.
Ah well. For now I'm just going to enjoy my free book and see how this plays out.
Anyone else get the email? Thoughts...Rants or Raves?