Monday, June 22, 2009
Can I ask you something? Do you like the giveaways or do they overwhelm the site? I was scrolling through my reader yesterday and came across a post that basically said that people who giveaway books on their site, like myself, are sellouts. When I defended my position, saying that I didn't see the harm in passing on books that I didn't have time to review, I received this comment.. SQT - Write the blog you want to write. I just think that distributing free copies has more to do with boosting hit-rates and sucking on the publisher's tit than it does community service. I admit, I think the person who wrote that is..well..a jerk. I found most of his comments to be hypercritical and self-serving. There seemed to be that attitude of looking down ones nose and trying to elevate his own methods over mine while giving himself credibility as a reviewer while diminishing me. I try not to be too sensitive to comments like this. My motives in giving away books are sincere, that guy's opinion notwithstanding. I don't have time to read everything I get and not everything that comes through my door appeals to me. So why not pass them on to people who will appreciate them? The guy who made the comments said that I should donate the books to a charity shop rather than clutter up my blog with giveaways. I don't understand that logic. What's your opinion on the matter?