Good Monday morning everyone. I have a confession. I’m typing this up on Saturday, scandalous I know. I had some time to fill and a topic to discuss so I decided to schedule this post.
So have you heard? Blogging for Books is closing. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. I did write a Bookish Thoughts post here, about being done with the program as they never had books I was interested in. I lied, or rather I couldn’t give up the temptation of being offered a physical book to review that I could keep. Don’t get me wrong I love the digital arcs but it is nice to have a book I can put on my shelf when I’m done. Especially if it is one I loved. For instance, I received my copy of The Martian through Blogging For Books and I’ve read it like three times now. So I’m sad the program is closing down but not surprised.
I imagine they felt the cost of sending the books was not worth the reviews they were getting. After all, they are still offering digital arcs through Net Galley and their (crappy) First to Read program. I totally don’t blame them but I have to say if perhaps you offered books that people were excited about then perhaps the quality of reviews would have been better. I only participated in the program for three or four years but besides The Martian, I never found anything truly exciting in their offerings. It always felt like books they were second or third tier titles. Maybe I just wasn’t a popular enough blogger to be offered better titles though. I also didn’t care for the hoops they made up jump through. Proving our influence on social media through a Klout rating. Maybe another reason the program failed.
I’m still active on Net Galley but have noticed that many of the publishers are not listing their big upcoming release titles for request anymore. I have been offered widgets through email from a couple of publishers but when I go to search the title I can’t find where people can put in a request. So perhaps all the publishers are simply becoming more exclusive in who they offer their books to. Or maybe not.
Others have mentioned to me it is nice to not have an arc to review as then there aren’t 40 different blogs reviewing the same book. I agree but I still find it fun to score an arc by an author I’m a huge fan of.
I know I’ve not been a blogger for all that long but I feel like the environment is changing. I can only control this little corner of the internet however and no matter what happens as long as I am reading I will be posting my reviews. You might have to deal with older titles but that isn’t such an awful thing. After all, it might be a great way to find some great book that perhaps you missed when it first came out.
So what are your thoughts about Blogging for Books closing? Will you miss them or have you already written them off ages ago?