Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Disclosure Information

1. If the book came from a publisher for this blog, I always disclose that, whether or not I keep the book. This is not a change in policy at all, I'm just reiterating it.

2. If I have a link to Amazon, and you click on that link and purchase anything then I get a percentage of the sale. How big of a percentage depends on how many items are purchased through my blog per month. I do this because as a blog reader, I want easy access to information about the book and maybe purchasing info if the book sounds good. It's also one of the easiest ways for people who enjoy my blog to support it. It's not a huge money maker for me, (in the summer of 2009, I made enough money to buy one CD.) Sometimes, if a book is not available through Amazon, I will link to another place to buy it. Usually, it will be The Book Depository. At this point, I have no affiliation with the Book Depository, except being a very satisfied customer. One again, not a change in policy at all, just a reiteration.

3. I will now be disclosing where EVERY book I read/review comes from. After every review, it says Book Provided By...

My Wallet: This is a book I (or Dan) purchased and own. Variations on this might include My Bookshelf which is a book that's been sitting on my shelves so long I don't remember where it came from, Bookmooch which is a book I mooched, so I own it, but didn't actually pay for it or I might list the name of a very nice person who gave me the book as a present for my birthday/holidays/etc. Such people are disinterested parties.

My Local Library: A book I checked out from the library, either the system I work in or the one I live in.

The publisher/author/publicist for ____ consideration: An ARC or finished copy of a book provided by the author or publisher or another party for the express purpose of review in this blog OR in another medium, such as LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program, which I am also a member of. If it says at my request that means I approached the sending party instead of them approaching me. (If a someone says "are you interested in any of these books" then they send me the books I request, that will not be labeled as "at my request." If an author says "I have X copies of my new book for book bloggers and I say "ooo! Me!" or if I write to a publisher and say "I would like to review X book if you have any copies available" then they'll be labeled as "at my request.") I also say if it's for review/Cybils/other consideration--so, why they sent me the book.

Updated 2/8/2010


Anonymous Dan said...

What a sad comment upon the reach of the government into our lives that you have to post this.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Jennie said...

Actually, the way the new recs have been interpreted, at least according to the FTC lawyer who came to talk to the kidlitcon, I don't have to post this, because I'm an independent reviewer.

I've always said when a copy came from an interested party, because I'm all about the transparency. Given the recent scrutiny such things are receiving in the general blog zeitgeist because of the new recommendations, I thought I'd reiterate and firm up policy.

The only thing I'm required to post is the new disclaimer on every post that contains an Amazon link that I'm an affiliate and will receive compensation from Amazon if you click on the link and purchase something.

5:13 PM  

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