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Old 03-31-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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LibraryThing Giveaways: Effective?

Has anyone found that the LibraryThing Member Giveaway is an effective way to pick up a few reviews?
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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Okay, here's why I ask. I recently listed one of my novels on the LibraryThing member giveaway page. I offered 25 copies free for download, the understanding being that people who get a copy will at least consider providing a short review. The way this works is that LibraryThing members then sign up in what is essentially a raffle to win a free copy. Typically the number of entrants is greater than the number of books. That was true in my case as well. But I found that of the 25 winners, five actually downloaded the novel. I'm wondering if this is the usual experience or if something very particular is going on.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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Never tried one, so was hoping some peeps would reply to this thread who have....

Did the 5 that downloaded post reviews?
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Did the 5 that downloaded post reviews?
No, but I assume that could take several months if it happens at all. I was more surprised that people would enter this type of raffle, win, and then fail to claim the prize. I don't see why you'd bother in the first place. Then again, it's not the only aspect of publishing that's tough to figure, so there is at least that consolation.
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We gave away 10 copies of a new book in paperback, so I can't comment on the lack of downloads, but we were a bit disappointed with the response for reviews (which we requested in our description). We had 1 review out of the 10. Perhaps the other 9 never actually read the book -- who knows?

I suspect that when it comes to eBook offers, many people just sign up like crazy and don't really evaluate whether they're interested in a particular title until they are notified that they were chosen. It's unfortunate, because there may have been others who signed up who really were interested.

Like a lot of marketing techniques, sometimes it's just a hit-or-miss world. Good luck with your next effort!
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:23 PM   #6
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You could offer copies of the book and ask for reviews in return. Make it clear you want good or bad reviews just so people will be honest.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:22 PM   #7
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No, I've never tried Librarything.

I gave away books on Goodreads.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:56 PM   #8
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Just a few days ago I blogged about my experiences with a LibraryThing Givaway.

The short of it: Gave away 150 copies, got 10 reviews, saw no change in sales as a result.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:17 AM   #9
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I've never tried LibraryThing, but I did a print giveaway on Goodreads not too long ago and, out of 10 books given away, I've gotten 1 (very good) review. Not a great return, IMO, but better than 0 out of 10!

Mine was still fairly recent, though, so it's possible ppl just haven't read yet. I might get more.
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