Would you join an ebook review exchange club?

I have an idea to help new ebook writers (novelists, to start) get reviews on places like Amazon and B&N.

Here’s how it would work.

A writer with a published e-novel would submit a review copy to me.

The writer would agree to review two other books. The review would have to be published on one of the three big ebook distribution sites: Amazon, B&N, or Smashwords.

As soon as the writer completes those two promised reviews,  his/her novel would go into a queue for review by two other writers in the club.

Everyone who joins would get two reviews for his/her book.

Here’s why I think this would a good tool for writers:

  1. Nobody would know who reviewed his/her book. Benefit: club members would never feel hesitant to give an honest review, out of fear that someone might take offense and “reciprocate.”
  2. I would do a preliminary screen of books before admitting writers. Benefit: no terribly amateurish, “ready for prime time” books would be added to the queue; club members wouldn’t have to read books (hopefully!) that absolutely deserve single stars.
  3. I’d set some basic standards for the reviews. Benefit: the review of your book would reflect the thoughts of someone who had obviously taken the time to read it. It would not be a one-liner! ;-)

So what do you think?

What do you think about the Ebook Review Exchange Club idea?

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