Saturday, July 11, 2009

Shame of the Village

LibraryThing outed me as the slacker I am. Long a member of LibraryThing's terrific Early Reviewer program, I have been lucky enough to nab several review copies of interesting books. For a while there, I was the model Early Reviewer. I would have earned an Early Reviewer gold star if they handed them out. Whenever I got a book, I read it immediately and I always wrote a review. But last fall, I started slacking off. Books would come, and I put them in their own priority TBR stack, and then ignored them. At first, I blamed my new job and house moving, but then, like a kid playing hooky, I just enjoyed seeing how long I could get away with not reading the books. More came in (although not as many as when I was the model participant), and I did not even bother reading the back covers -- I just bunged them into the no-longer-a-priority stack. Not any more. I got caught! LibraryThing has a new system where Early Reviewers can access a page listing their personal Early Reviewer books and information on the status of the book -- as in, whether you received the book yet and when you posted your review, with a gentle reminder to review the book if you have not done so. It is not an overtly threatening system, but the Power of the List is enough to shame me into fulfilling my duties. So, coming soon will be a new Rose City Reader List of the Day -- all my Early Reviewer books. And maybe a personal challenge is in the works. Anything to get back that gold star.


6 comments :

Terri B. said...

LOL! I got caught out too! They had a book on there that I had totally forgotten about. Eeep!

Rose City Reader said...

It was a very smart move by LibraryThing! I'm sure it caught many people flat footed!

J.G. said...

Uh-oh. I agree there are probably a whole slew of people who got busted by the new system. You can skate for a while (don't we all do that???) but as Hemingway says, the bill always comes.

Nicole said...

I owe them a couple of books myself, and just like you I was so good in the beginning.

Rebecca Reid said...

I always request a few books each month. But I've still never been lucky enough to nab one. Maybe someday I'll get one!

Monique said...

I have only been lucky enough to nab three books. About one every other month. I just completed my first review. I really like the new system because sometimes I need reminders.

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