Discussion time: Should book bloggers get paid?

If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen this conversation going around a lot in the past couple of days. So I’ve decided to start a new type of post on the blog where I discuss things too and give you guys my own thoughts.

I’ve only been blogging for 6 months. That’s nothing compared to some of the book bloggers and booktubers out there! But this new year I decided to take my blogging to the next level. I’ve started paying for my own hosting and domain (not on this blog, I’ll be moving shortly). But the point is, that’s my own money. I’m spending my own money to promote books and getting nothing in exchange. I get to meet new people and read awesome books and all that but you guys know what I mean. Other blogging communities out there (beauty, lifestyle, fashion) all seem to get something in exchange of their efforts promoting a product.

I’m going to be honest. When I first started blogging, I genuinely thought that the most experienced book bloggers out there were getting paid. But no. Sure, sometimes they get paid for events and things. But that’s sometimes! It’s crazy!

Book blogging is seen as a hobby. But it’s as time consuming as the other forms of blogging. If not more. To review a book you must, of course, first read it. Plus, promoting a book is not just reviewing it! It’s talking about it on social media, posting it on Instagram, etc. That all takes time. Time that bloggers invest and should, in my opinion, get something in exchange.

The thing with book bloggers getting paid is that people think that if a book blogger is getting paid, their review is going to be biased by that. And I agree that that’s the case sometimes. I went to a book panel once where this question was raised and I swear none of the book bloggers in the panel answered the question directly. They all tiptoed around it and never actually said if they would give a book a bad review if they were getting paid to promote it. It seems to me that some of the bloggers and booktubers out there don’t give bad reviews to books they are getting paid to promote. Nothing below a 3 star rating. Of course this is not the case with other book bloggers and booktubers but it does seem to happen.

But then on the other hand, I think that maybe even the publishers expect that! For most cases, they don’t expect to be paying. If they do, I get the feeling that they expect to get positive feedback from it so the bloggers feel the pressure to live up to that. If it were the case that they simply just got paid for their services like other bloggers do, that would be the norm. No one would question it. Bloggers wouldn’t feel the pressure to give positive reviews.

I’m not sure what the best approach is to start bringing about this change, or if it will ever change.

What are your thoughts?