Last week we talked about the Library Thing Early Reviewers program, and along those lines, this week, I'd like to mention the Library Thing Member Giveaways. In this section, you can both request a book similarly to the Early Reviewers Program, and you can also add a book giveaway yourself.
According to the Library Thing site, the Member Giveaways site is a more informal way for authors and members to giveaway books on the site, whereas the Early Reviewer program is more formal with set guidelines and time lines. Here, the member/author sets the conditions of the giveaway and adds the detail themselves. The winners of the giveaways are selected randomly via the site, the same way the Early Reviewers books are selected (I'm assuming that part) and their contact information is sent to the person who posted the giveaway.
From the site:
To post a book for a Member Giveaway, at least one of the following must be true:
You are a LibraryThing Author
You have at least 50 books in your LibraryThing account
You have a paid LibraryThing account
If you meet these minimum requirements, then just click "Post a Giveaway" and follow the instructions screen.
Fun fact - currently there are 378 copies of 103 books being given away via the LT Member Giveaway.
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?
On another note - does anyone have any special requests for upcoming discussions??
My Answer: I noticed this section of Library Thing about two weeks ago, so I have requested a few books, but haven't won any yet. I haven't posted any books as a giveaway on the site yet. I enjoy posting my giveaways on here, but may consider posting one or two books on the Member Giveaways section in the near future, especially since the people at LT pick the winners and send me their contact information - it seems like an easy way, rather than creating a post, reading entries, selecting winners (random or not), posting the winners, emailing them and waiting for them to send their addresses back in.
A thought on the program, it seems that a few users are posting some books there that they no longer want on their book shelves, otherwise, it looks like another way for authors to connect with readers/reviewers.
Looking forward to reading everyone's answers!!
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