No doubt this new move by LibraryThing.com will inspire new debates about bloggers and reviewers.
Starting tomorrow, May 29th, Random House will be providing Library Thing with advance copies of some of its books. These books will be distributed among Library Thing’s early reviewers.
Some of the titles in the first batch include:
• The River Wife by Jonis Agee
• Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward
• Peony in Love by Lisa See
• Keeping the House by Ellen Baker
• Away by Amy Bloom
This doesn’t mean that Library Thing will be pushing in any way Random House titles, or that negative reviews will deter this publisher from sending more books. Library Thing has set up an Early Reviewers group for prospective reviewers, bloggers, and readers who would be interested in participating and would like their questions answered. For the moment, only people registered with Library Thing and living in the US may partake in this, though LT hopes to get involved with international publishers in the future.
For more information, go to http://www.librarything.com/blog/2007/05/new-feature-tip-toe-early-reviewers.php.