Monday, December 11, 2017

On Goodreads new Giveaway policy

Perhaps you haven't heard yet that Goodreads is changing their Giveaways process. From now on, authors and publishers will have to pay in order to promote their books on Goodreads Giveaways.

In addition, Goodreads Giveaways are now only open to US readers and there will be no more books sent to international readers.

More many bloggers and publishers, this is a huge change. Many bloggers get their books and ARCs from Goodreads Giveaways - myself included. I began blogging after winning many Goodreads Giveaways. I wanted to help promote some interesting books that I felt wouldn't get much publicity otherwise. Goodreads Giveaways introduced me to so many books that I wouldn't have heard of otherwise - and it's been a huge boon for my blogging life. In addition, this change affects international bloggers who sometimes have more difficulty getting books (as eloquently explained here by Laura from thebookcorps, an Australian book blog). This also harms small publishers and unknown authors who do not have the funds to pay upwards of $100 for each book they want to promote.

For more information on the changes, this article by The Verge explains everything well.

What are your thoughts on this? Why the sudden change? Do you know anyone who is affected by this change?

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