Reviewing Ethics: A Question For All


I have a question that I think needs answering from more people than just myself (which is why I’m asking the question):
Is it unethical for me to enter into contests on a blog I do reviews for even if I’m told it’s okay by the owner of the blog?
I ask this question because SQT of F & SF Lovin’ Book Reviews often has some really good little contests for free books. As most of you know I do reviews for that blog. So, while SQT says that it’s okay for me to enter, I feel some apprehension because I have a feeling that there is something unethical about it. Some part of me doesn’t feel right about entering those contests because I get this sense that I shouldn’t be entering seeing how I’m a member of the reviewing crew. What do you think on this issue? Am I just being silly?

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About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

5 thoughts on “Reviewing Ethics: A Question For All

  1. Mhm, I think I am shameless then, since I co-blog on the same blog as well and apart from you I never asked myself that. I think that if SQT says it’s alright, then really it’s alright. however I do find a point in this. A very strong point. Now I am all shakyy whether I should enter again.

  2. As someone who is completely unconnected to that particular process–I think you should be as eligible as anyone else, unless you’ve already read or received a copy of the book in some way. *shrug*

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