I’m digging BookBub. Are you? Is BookBub the Answer to Amazon & Goodreads? These are questions worth asking and should be of interest to authors, book bloggers, book reviewers, and readers alike.
I believe there is a strong case for authors, readers, book reviewers, and book bloggers to make BookBub the first port of call, and maybe the only port, to review books.
Until recently, I thought BookBub was there to promote books only if you were (a) accepted and (b) if you could afford the cost of the promotion. I was wrong. BookBub is much more than that. I’m digging BookBub!
I was prompted to write this post after reading a blog post about Amazon reviews – yet another one! It was written by Anne R. Allen.
With much respect to Anne, it was mainly a rehash of old news.
The comments were quite enlightening apart from reading the age-old moans and groans about the issues with Amazon reviews. I did join in and enlighten Anne with some information about BookBub. Information, it appears, not many authors are aware of.
I happen to think BookBub could be the perfect place to leave reviews way better than both Amazon and Goodreads. Plus it’s author and user friendly.
I suggest you start here to find out more about BookBub: This is a link to an overview of BookBub.
As an author, you are able to create an author profile and add your books. All for free. How cool is that?
If you take a close look at the image above just to the right of my mug shot, you can see some other tabs. They are marked:
- Books (you are looking at the Books page)
All of those are self-explanatory but I hope it gives you the flavor that you can use BookBub as (a) a useful marketing tool and (b) as a great repository for your book reviews.
I have started asking reviewers to leave reviews on BookBub in addition to Amazon and Goodreads.
I see the advantage of BookBub for reviews as a place for serious reviews and not a place for trolls to hang out. Once the review is in place, there is no nasty Amazon algorithm to come along and delete a review.
There is also a button to “like” a review just as on Amazon and there is also a “recommend” button, as you can figure from the image below as it shows I have recommended certain books.
The recommendation feature enables my followers know I have recommended certain books. I know you can do that on Goodreads, but it’s messy and clunky.
Here, you merely click a button and the automated BookBub email system does the rest.
I love it! And I’m not the only one. I received this email titled ‘Digging BookBub’ from an author friend of mine:
You have again lit a lamp on this wayward path!
Love this site so far! I will load up reviews for books, I don’t believe I have read yours but I will
I love crime stuff!
It’s great she plans to read and review one of my books. I didn’t do it for that reason. I want to spread the word – is all!
Try it. Let’s make it the Numero Uno book review site!
Want some more of my thoughts on Goodreads? Read this.
One author I recommend you read when it comes to reviews is Gisela Hausmann. She knows her stuff and delivers in a BS-free manner. Either check out her books below or take a look at her no BS, straightforward blog here.
And if you thought book reviews were a problem on Amazon, you should read this article This Amazon seller lost $400,000 in sales after being attacked by self-proclaimed ‘virus of Amazon’.
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