As many of you know/have guessed, Luke Reviews has worked in the past and continues to work still with a number of publishers and authors in reviewing books. This basically means that they send me review copies and I read and review them. Just recently, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced a new ruling: websites and blogs that review products (including books) must state if they received these products free of charge. This was done in an attempt to prevent the reviewer from taking a step over the ethical line and becoming an advertiser.
Luke Reviews strives for honest reviews of all books it reviews, be they ones that were sent to me or that I bought on my own. As that has always been my goal, I never took the step that many other sites already had to announce in each review if I had received the book for free. It was something I consider, but decided was unnecessary. However, with the FTC ruling, and my desire not to be fined, I will now provide with each review a brief statement saying from whom the book was sent, but only if it was a free review copy. Reviews appearing without this statement are books that were bought.
FORMAT: [Title of Book] was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by [Name of Publisher/Author].
EXAMPLE: Kell’s Legend was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Angry Robot Books.
In an attempt to make a retro-effective stance on this, below is a list of books previously reviewed at Luke Reviews that were free review copies.
Angry Robot Books
Kell’s Legend by Andy Remic
Book of Secrets by Chris Roberson
Slights by Kaaron Warren
Prime by Nate Kenyon
Black Gate Magazine
Black Gate Spring 2009
Ravenor by Dan Abnett
The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade: Volume Two by Dan Abnett & Mike Lee
“Thunder from Fenris” by Nick Kyme
The Killing Ground by Graham McNeill
Courage and Honour by Graham McNeill
Sons of Dorn by Chris Roberson
Forged by Chaos by C. L. Werner
Emperor’s Mercy by Henry Zou
Across the Sky by Mark Rich
Long Walks, Last Flights & Other Strange Journeys by Ken Scholes
Harbinger by Jack Skillingstead
The Radio Magician & Other Stories by James Van Pelt
Hostage to Death by L. Ron Hubbard
When Shadows Fall by L. Ron Hubbard
Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
The Hidden Man by David Ellis
Killer Summer by Ridley Pearson
Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue by Hugh Howey
Storm Approaching by Brian Libby