Is it ethical or unethical to pay for book reviews?
Writing / April 23, 2015

Today, I would like to reply to this question because I am annoyed to hear writers and authors wonder if is it ethical or unethical to pay for being reviewed. Let’s start with a principle: when you ask someone to review your book,  it would be right to pay. After this consideration, it would be wonderful to understand if a book review is a service or a favor.   In the editorial market, reviews are divided in editorial reviews and customer reviews. The first ones are those opinions written by professional writers, bloggers, journalists or book reviewers, while the second ones are those written by customers who buy your books. Useless to say that when a customer put a review on Amazon, Goodreads and other websites of book reviews, this happens because he/she liked the book very much. However, to get a success with a new book, many customer reviews are needed! A customer is available to review a new book for free if the author gives him a free copy. There is hence a natural trade between the author and his/her reader. A professional book review is fully different: that is a book promotion service. This service is also…