Today’s short discussion post is all about posting reviews, and why it is important to post them.
For a while, I just posted my reviews to Goodreads, which was good in one way but not so good in another way. A lot of people use Goodreads to read reviews, get book recommendations and interact with fellow book lovers. While it is amazing to post reviews to Goodreads, it shouldn’t be the only place that reviews are posted. Reviews need to be posted to retailer websites. Other than the library, Barnes and Noble is the main retailer that I use to obtain books. Even when you borrow books from the library, you should still post your review on a retailer website. One of my goals for the year was to get better at posting my reviews on the Barnes and Noble website, and when I review a book on Goodreads, I make sure to also review it on Barnes and Noble as well. Some people may think that they don’t need to post reviews on retailer websites, but people actually do read those reviews, I know I do. So please try to make an effort and post reviews to retailer websites!
I need to post my reviews more often on Amazon. I do it for my read and review titles, but I don’t always do it for my personal reads. I used to be all Goodreads only. But I’m trying to branch out and post in more places…I just hate having to go through and edit all the image codes out and the HTML and all that just to post it onto Amazon or B&N.
All you have to do is copy and paste the text from your Goodreads review without all the image and HTML codes to the retailer site of your choice.
I always cross post my reviews from my blog onto Goodreads and Amazon. Authors are always telling readers that it’s really important to review books on large retail sites if you’ve enjoyed a book. I have yet to post a review on Barnes and Noble, but maybe I need to as well.
I post to Barnes and Noble because it’s the retailer I use the most, if I used Amazon, I would post reviews there as well.
Do you include a link to your blog when you post a review on the retail site?
Nope, it is my personal decision not to advertise my blog on retailer websites.
That probably a good idea. It helps keep the trolls away.
I don’t think they’re the appropriate place to advertise my blog. I don’t have to worry about trolls, I moderate all my comments.
I went to Amazon and copied and pasted my last book review there. And I was a bit shocked at how few reviews there were for that book. So I am really glad that I posted my very positive review. And I would never have thought about doing it if I hadn’t read this post.
There are three places I post my reviews to besides my blog: Goodreads, NetGalley (for their eARCS) and Barnes and Noble. I was posting on Amazon, but I had a rather unpleasant experience with someone who didn’t like a review I gave, and I felt Amazon did nothing to help.
Yeah, I post to NetGalley too for eArcs and First to Read for eArcs. With Barnes and Noble you can’t post reviews until the book has been published. I don’t bother with Amazon because I don’t use them for books.
I’ve done a few to First to Read as well as Edelweiss. Amazon’s policy is the Sam’s B&N as far as having to wait until the release date to post your review. Unless you’re a member of their Vine program.
I definitely need to work better on posting reviews across sites. A good goal I didn’t originally think of
After you post to Goodreads, post to retail sites so that you don’t forget to do it!
I keep meaning to post my reviews elsewhere (Amazon especially, since I buy so many of my ebooks from there). I think I’ll dedicate a day to posting all my reviews on there 🙂
Yep! I used to only post my reviews to Goodreads too. But then I thought, “Hey… why not promote the book/author even more by posting to other sites as well?” So that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. I miss some sites sometimes because I’m in a rush and forget to go back later and post them… but usually I post to my blog, Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. I’ve discovered a new site called KoBo that I will also start cross-posting my reviews to as well. Great discussion post! Cross posting your reviews to other sites not only helps out the authors and retailers, but also the readers like you and I! 🙂
Yes, exactly! I feel like some people think that it’s fine to just post reviews to Goodreads and nowhere else, but also not everyone has Goodreads.
You’re right… not everyone has Goodreads. Which is actually pretty surprising to me because I wouldn’t know what to do without Goodreads. It’s like my go-to for every book/review/discussions/whatever else! Lol! I honestly think every reader should have a Goodreads account though. It’s truly an amazing site. 🙂
I wouldn’t know what to do without it either!
I’ve never thought about this before, thank you for bringing it up! Do you post anywhere else besides Goodreads and Barnes and Noble?
I just post to Goodreads and Barnes and Noble as Barnes and Noble is my primary source of books other than the library.
Okay, cool. Thank you!