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A BlueInk book review can greatly increase your indie book’s visibility.
Authors whose books have received a Starred Review can now order gold seals of approval for the qualifying title. This is an incredibly powerful marketing tool. It lets readers know your book has received high praise from one of the most respected reviewing sources in the indie world. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! More information.
Our reach is wider than ever. Booklist magazine features BlueInk book reviews!
Imagine a review of your book running in Booklist magazine! It’s possible through BlueInk Review. Booklist is now offering a monthly column featuring our reviews of select titles — those we deem noteworthy and appropriate.
Booklist reaches more than 60,000 librarians. It is one of the most highly respected review publications in the country. A mention in Booklist provides invaluable exposure and immeasurable credibility for your title. Take a look at a recent two-page spread and consider ordering your BlueInk review today!
BlueInk reviews are distributed to:
Ingram Book Company, a wholesale book distributor whose online forums are accessed by more than 71,000 librarians and booksellers globally; Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (children’s and YA titles only), used by thousands of librarians, booksellers and academic institutions nationally; iDreamBooks, a discoverability site that aggregates professional book reviews (think Rotten Tomatoes for books), featuring BlueInk’s reviews alongside those from The New York Times and NPR.
BlueInk also posts a review excerpt in the Editorial section of the author’s Barnes & Noble page (upon request); this position designates the review as professional, in contrast to customer reviews. All reviews are eligible to appear in the Editorial section of Amazon’s author pages.
Select titles also go to:
In addition to Booklist, select reviews are distributed to No Shelf Required, a popular website for librarians interested in ebooks; Douglas County Libraries, a major Colorado library system (8 million annual circulation) that buys many of BlueInk’s recommended titles.
Select titles are also included in BlueInk’s monthly newsletter, emailed to readers, agents, publishers and librarians who have expressly signed up for the list, recommended on Goodreads and distributed on social media platforms. All of these venues provide opportunities to enhance your title’s credibility immeasurably!! Unlike other review services, BlueInk does not charge extra for any distributions.
Two reviews are better than one!
When it comes to establishing credibility for your title, the more book reviews you receive, the better off you are. To that end, we are partnering with Foreword Clarion to offer a popular 2-review package. For the discounted rate of $695, you will receive one book review from BlueInk Review and one from Foreword Clarion, both within 6 weeks. Better yet, you will save more than $300 and greatly enhance your book’s exposure! For more information, click here.
From edge-of-your-seat thrillers to lushly illustrated children’s picture books to practical business books, we have what you’re looking for!
Find the best in indie books on our Reviews page by searching for “Notable Titles.” Narrow the search even further by clicking on your favorite genres.
Best books of the year!
Looking for great gift ideas? Why not support an independent author for your holiday book purchases? Here are some of our very favorite books of 2018, culled from the 1,000-plus reviews we delivered last year:
To Squeeze a Prairie Dog by Scott Semegran: An amusing yet heartwarming romp about the workers in Unit 3 of the Texas Department of Unemployment and Benefits and their lottery pool, this novel delivers an entertaining slice-of-life story that’s humorous yet uplifting at the same time. Read review.
See You at Sunset by Margarete Cassalina: Exploring themes similar to those often found in Jodi Picoult stories, this irresistible novel addresses children’s life-threatening diseases, fractured families and lost love, tearing at the heart and coaxing a smile. Read review.
Digging Up the Dead by Meredith Lee: Lee’s absorbing story finds the intrepid NYU graduate student, Crispin Leeds stumbling upon the truth behind a long-standing family secret concerning her mother’s death and the curse of King Tut’s tomb. Read review.
Denver Moon by Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola: As Mars investigator Denver Moon goes on a search for her missing grandfather, this novel offers a pedal-to-the-metal thrill ride with an undeniable cool factor—science fiction with a neo-retro, pulp noir twist. Read review.
Hemorrhoids at Halftime by Hank Roth: Roth delivers over 100 stories about the weirdest, worst and most hilarious things he witnessed over his 55-year career as athletic administrator. A decidedly uncensored view on youth sports. Read review.
The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book by Curtis Claytor: With 2,000 entertaining trivia questions about classic icons such as Martin Luther King and modern-day heroes like LeBron James, this book offers sports enthusiasts, music fans, movie lovers and others hours of entertainment. Read review.
Young adult fiction:
Jack Gregson and the Forgotton Portal by Peter Wilson: This supernatural saga features a smart, bold boy hero who must battle not only the dark mist and its brutal leader, but inner burdens, as well. Read review.
Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan: Combining the whimsical spirit of a Dr. Seuss book with the spine-tingling mystery of a haunted house, this is sure to charm young audiences. Read review.
For librarians, booksellers, editors, or literary agents, the self-publishing boom presents opportunities — but how to find notable titles in this mountain of material?
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We have vetted thousands of independently-published titles and designed our website specifically for your ease.
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“Palatium Books, an ebook subscription service based in Copenhagen, reached out to me last month, and they mentioned that they saw my name through the Blueink Review. I’ve recently signed up with them, and keeping my fingers crossed that Fourteen Days will reach its audience in some other countries. So many good things have come my way because of the review.” —Mayet Ligad Yuhico, author of Fourteen Days
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