Book Blogger Confessions is a new Monday meme started by Tiger at Tiger's All-Consuming Books and Karen at For What It's Worth. The purpose of the meme is best stated by Karen here:
"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. Tiger or Karen will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.
This week's question is: What do we owe publishers and authors? If we accept ARC’s do we “owe” anything to them or just an honest review to our follower? As book bloggers are we obligated to do more than just review books? Post covers – participate on tours – host guest posts?
I think anything beyond an honest review is completely up to the individual blogger. I very seldom take part in tours or host guest posts but will if I like the author's work or liked the particular book that is being offered. Of course, posting covers, guest posts and taking part in tours does give you content for your blog. If you are concerned about posting regularly but real life gets in your way, those sorts of posts will let you have something on your blog. I usually don't need this sort of fill on my blogs. Also, I do get tired of seeing 20 or more posts in my feed reader showing me the same cover for a book I won't be able to get for months.
Personally, 1) I talk about the book when I receive it on my Stacking the Shelves post, 2) talk about the book when it is on the reading schedule on my It's Monday, What Are You Reading? post, 3) spotlight most books on a Teaser Tuesday or Book Beginnings or Friday 56 post, and 4) post the review on my blog, on Amazon, on LibraryThing, and on Goodreads. My reviews are automatically tweeted too. I think I do my part to publicize and build excitement for a book.
I think I "pay" for the ARCs I get with the amount of exposure I provide. What do you think?