Free Books and the FTC

14 Oct, 2009

Many of the books I review are provided by a publisher or author. Some come as electronic copies, some as galleys (also known as ARCs), and some as finished books. My reviews are not influenced by receiving the free copies, but you should see the look of Christmas-tree joy on my face when the UPS man shows up with a package. To be honest there have been several times my honesty about a book has made me wonder if the publisher would send me additional material. So far, to their credit, they always have. I’ve never experienced pressure to say something I didn’t feel or been asked to provide positive review remarks outside my opinions and convictions.

I’ve never been compensated monetarily by any publishing company, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t benefited. I’ve had the good fortune to interact with some wonderful people in the publishing industry and count several of them as friends.

The Federal Trade Commission wants book reviewers, like me, to clearly indicate how the books are being provided (Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”) Now I’ve done so.

I have worked with the following publishers and plan to review more of their material in the future. I will add to this list to keep it current and provide a link to this post in the column at the right.

B&H Books
Da Capo Press
David C. Cook
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Book Group
Intervarsity Press
Kregel Publications
Paraclete Press
Pamela Dorman Books
Putnam Adult
Reagan Arthur Books
Spiegel & Grau
St. Martin’s Press
Thomas Nelson
WalterBrook Multnoma Publishing Group
Windblown Media
Xulon Press

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