Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why are most of your contests only open to those in the United States?

A. When a book deal is made, it typically specifies the territory where that book may be sold. These rights often are just for the United States and they may be sold separately to another country. Thus trade laws prohibit a book being made available for a contest in a territory where it has not been sold. For each contest we approach publishers asking where a contest is allowed.

Q. Do you sell books?

A. No. The Book Report, Inc. is a media company comprised of a growing number of websites that provide original book content—author interviews, reviews and commentary—along with interactive elements such as polls, questions and contests. TBRN also owns and operates Authors On The Web, which offers website design services and website hosting to authors and publishers.

Q. How do you vet titles for reviews and features?

A. The TBRN staff carefully vets all material before reviewing, promoting or advertising a title to ensure that it will be of interest to our readers.

Q. Do you review, advertise or promote self-published or print-on-demand titles?

A. On a select basis we review self-published titles. They must be available with wide distribution offline as well as online. Typically these books come to us with recommendations for us to look at them. Sadly our staff schedule is such that we cannot consider blind submissions.

Q. Can you help me get my book published?

A. No. If you would like assistance in having your book published, we suggest resources such as

Q. How can I become a reviewer?

A. If you are interested in reviewing for, here is what you need to know

Q. I am an author, publisher or publicity agent, and I would like my book to be reviewed on your sites. What do I do?

A. We have details on what kinds of books we are looking for and where to send them here.