Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday Thingers

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?

My response:

Yes, I am aware of the program and I think it's a great program. I've browsed through it, but I haven't participated yet. If I have any books to giveaway, I'm more likely to give them away on my own blog. I'd like to see people I've met in cyberspace give my books good homes. I do think it's a great addition for Library Thing to include and seems to be popular.

If you want to participate in Tuesday Thingers, just click on the box above to get to Wendi's Book Corner. Wendi's our lovely host.


  1. {{Wait...if more people participate, I have less chance of winning...}}
    Folks, it is an awful program. DON'T even look at it! ;-)

  2. I think it's a good program, too, although it hasn't provided me with any free books yet (boo-hoo!). I don't see myself listing any books, but I certainly wouldn't mind winning one.

  3. That's what happened with the ER program - too many people :-)
    I have not participated either, but you guys are tempting me!

  4. I agree - I prefer to give books away at my own site, however it is a great way to get someone to review a book. I used it to get someone to review a book that I didn't finish.

  5. I prefer to give books to people I know too! Of course, on giveaways you always get random entrants, so it's all a bit relative. So far I think it's pretty good.

  6. I love to connect with people on my blog, and giveaways are a good way to do that - and you are absolutely right - I WOULD rather see the books I'm giving away going to people I'm meeting via my blog. :)

    Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week, we're taking a look at the new LT Memes. ~ Wendi


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