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Our reach is wider than ever. BlueInk reviews are now featured in Booklist magazine!
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!
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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; Total Boox, a cutting-edge company that distributes ebooks to libraries nationwide and includes recommended BlueInk titles in their catalogue.
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.
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Currently, editors from nearly every major publishing house receive our monthly recommended title list. They include representatives from: RANDOM HOUSE * LITTLE, BROWN * ST. MARTIN’S * SIMON & SCHUSTER * NORTON * ALGONQUIN * PENGUIN * WORKMAN * STERLING * SASQUATCH * GRAND CENTRAL * UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS
We have everything from edge-of-your-seat thrillers and great children’s titles, to memoirs and cookbooks.
Find it all on our Reviews page. Search notable indie titles, books by genre and even by authors whose work recalls your longtime favorites.
Don’t miss these crowd pleasers!
The Highmore Circle, by Cricket Reynolds: Cricket Reynolds delivers an utterly engaging, humorous romance that follows a young woman’s life as she wrestles with love and loss. Read review.
Metamorphosis by Decree, by Brian Pigg: Pigg’s adventure fantasy chronicles a young priestesses’s quest to retrieve stolen artifacts, delivering a highly entertaining and thematically profound reading experience. Read Review.
No Place for a Lady, by Thea Rosenbaum: Whether as a child in ravaged Berlin at the end of WWII, or dodging bullets as a reporter in Vietnam and Cambodia, Rosenbaum lived amid the dangers of countries in conflict…She deftly sets each scene, enthralling readers with this vividly drawn, often tense drama. Read review.
Eclectic Entertaining: Small Plates and Dainty Desserts, by Barbara Stafford: Cooking instructor Barbara Stafford has assembled her favorite collection of small plates and dessert recipes in this glossy, colorful and well-produced cookbook…this is a lovely cookbook that’s an enticing blend of recipes that cooks will be excited to try Read review.
Nickerbacher, by Terry John Barto: This chapter book offers young readers a rich, imaginative tale about dreaming big, friendship, and overcoming oppression…a rollicking celebration of hope that will excite readers with its rich, magical vocabulary, inventive storyline, and—of course—the laugh-out-loud antics of a silly, starry-eyed dragon. Read review.
My Guardian Angel, by Hsiao-Yen Chi: Guardian angels aren’t traditionally depicted as big, blue creatures with a belly, but Hsiao-Yen rewrites the rules in her stunningly beautiful children’s picture book…It’s a book that should appeal to a wide audience—one that children and parents can repeatedly enjoy for its story, its characters, and its wonderful illustrations. 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 self-published titles and designed our website specifically for your ease.
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