Book Hub Inc. is a rapidly growing eBook publishing and distribution company looking to form long-lasting relationships with both emerging and established authors and publishers, book reviewers , and avid readers.
I am not ready to publish a book yet, but I like reviewing. I contacted the BookHub, who – letters had been actually signed ‘BookHub’ – sent me a cover letter, then a list of book available for reviewing, then the book itself as a pdf.
The book was non-fiction, I’ll not mention the title because it has already had one reader too many. The book was appalling on many levels, the only professional part about it was the cover – simple but clean-looking title on gray background. The book – $4.99 for digital edition, $19.99 hardback – is 196 pages: 66 pages of the main content plus essays, which served as drafts and in some cases are more detailed than the finished product. No illustrations, no glossary. The content was essentially a non-amusing amateur rant, no fact-checking and no editing before publishing: the pamphlet is full of spelling mistakes.
I wrote a 600 words review in a week – Book Hub warns you in advance, that while there is no deadline, they will ‘remind you’ about your commitment. I sent the letter and received a prompt reply that, while my review is quite good, they will not publish it, because it is negative.
Some may think that a free book is a fair exchange for a review, published or not. But Book Hub charges its clients $150 for two reviews, and as a distributor the site gets the reviewer’s copy for free. $75 per review is not a bad profit for somebody’s work. I bet that quality of an average book on offer is close to that of your high school class essays – literary agents and, after them, publishers go through hundreds if not thousands of manuscripts to find one readable. So the reviewer is doing work of a sieve, and BookHub gets the gold.