Today’s Question: Were you aware of the Member Giveaways Program? Have you posted any books in the giveaway? If so, what are your thoughts on the program? Have you requested any books, and if so, did you win any?
I’m a big fan of the LT blog and I head over there every time my home page tells me there is a new post, so I’ve been aware of Member Giveaway since it started. I think it’s a neat idea. It’s another way to get books into the hands of readers who really want them and I like that it’s completely random. I think it will be more useful for people with small or odd libraries who struggle to get books from the regular Early Reviewers program. Of course, that hasn’t stopped me from requesting. So far I have won two, the second one just yesterday. I’ll admit that I go there about once a week and request the ones I’m interested in. I don’t mind reviewing, as I review everything anyway, and I can’t resist free books. Of course, given the state of my TBR pile, I probably should learn to resist, but we’ll save that for another day.
I haven’t posted any to the giveaway and I don’t plan to. In fact, I don’t really understand why ordinary people do. I can see the benefits for an author to get a little extra publicity for their book, but for the rest of us, there are many swap websites where you can get a new book in exchange for the one you no longer want. It makes sense if you are simply clearing out your shelves and do not want to acquire new books, but I suppose that mindset is completely foreign to me! I’d also post some to support LibraryThing, but I think I’d rather do that without giving up my precious books. If I wanted to give some away, I’d just hold my own contest here. It’s been a while!