Reviewer Rules & Guidelines

Reviewers who wish to use Booksprout to gain access to advanced review copies should adhere to the following guidelines. We may take action against any account found to be in violation of these rules.

You may not use the same generic review multiple times

Using the same review over and over for multiple books appears spammy and can harm an author's reputation. Do not write the same review for multiple books.

You should attempt to read and review every ARC you download

Remember: Reviewing is optional. If you do not wish to write a review, then you should cancel your promise to review that book rather than simply ignoring it. Your reason for canceling can be just as valuable to an author as an actual review.

However, if it's clear that you're downloading more books than you can handle then we may prevent you from getting any more.

No sharing copies of an ARC

It's an author's worst nightmare to find their pre-published book already in circulation without their consent. Any ARC you download should be considered an exclusive copy for your eyes only.

You should do your best to review on time

Reviews on launch day are incredibly important to authors in terms of them getting better promotional opportunities to properly take advantage of the initial boost a book gets in the short time after it's first published. A review that appears a month later isn't nearly as helpful.

Review based on the story you receive, not how it's formatted

Remember: Booksprout is all about advanced review copies. These are often formatted by the author that wrote them, so they may not contain the same formatting as you would expect from a copy you get from Amazon or another retailer.

Write your review based on the story you receive, not whether or not it has the formatting you've come to expect.

No threats

If you're found to be threatening authors for any reason, your account will be removed immediately.

Do not ask for the author to send you a copy outside of Booksprout

Booksprout has protections in place for both authors and readers. Asking authors to go outside of the system is usually an indicator of bad intentions.

Only take ARCs that you can complete your review for

When making their books available for free to you as a reviewer, authors are asking that you write your review on stores that are important to them. Please make sure that you can actually write a review on all stores that they mark as required.

Repeatedly asking authors to mark your review as complete because you cannot review on stores they ask for is not allowed.

No lying about having completed your review on any store

Lying about having completed your review on a specific store is not allowed. If you have accidentally taken an ARC that requires a review on a store you cannot review on, then please cancel your promise to review that ARC.

Only one Booksprout account per person

You may only have one Booksprout account. Multiple accounts for the same person will be removed from our system.

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