Author Resources

Author Resources


Bookstr is an ideal platform for authors to engage with avid readers, sharing your favorite books and experiences as a fellow reader, while also finding new readers for your own books. We offer three specific opportunities that can help you build an audience for your book(s).


Join Bookstr, spruce up your member profile with a picture and bio, add some books (not yours) to your BOOKS I'VE LOVED shelf and RECOMMEND a couple of them to the community.

Write reviews for a couple of your favorites (again, not yours).

Check your book's individual page to see who else has it on their bookshelf and see what else they're reading. If they have similar tastes, follow them.

Add your own book(s) to your BOOKS I'VE READ shelf and create a custom list: BOOKS I WROTE.

If you notice anything missing or incorrect information on your book or author profile pages, let us know.


Bookstr's free review copy program can help generate awareness of and interest in your book(s) among our most active members, and is accessible to all publishers and authors, at no cost.

The program is a great way to boost the visibility of your upcoming release or backlist titles. All books in the program have seen an increase in shelving activity (requests are added to members' WANT TO READ shelves) as well as an organic increase in recommendations, ratings, and reviews if our members enjoyed the book. You also receive additional exposure through our dedicated bi-weekly email promotions noting the newest books in the program. 

The program is geo-targeted and is available to our members in the US, Australia, UK, and Canada. We recommend that titles remain available for request for at least 4 weeks, and that you offer 5-50 copies (though we will accept a minimum of 5). At the end of the promotion, you will receive an automated email notification that includes the total number of requests and the mailing addresses of the winners. (Email addresses will be provided for ebook promotions.) 

To submit a book to the review copy program, simply fill out the application form. Be sure to include the ISBN13 that is associated with the format you would like to give away: print, ebook, or audiobook.

If you have any questions about the program, let us know.


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