Yep. I borrow a ton of books from the library. I'm not an elite blogger and I don't get books sent to me out of the blue. I work hard to maintain this blog and I'm pretty nitpicky when it comes to being solicited by authors, because I know I can't read every book. I do get books from publicists and sometimes a publishing house will contact me to hold a contest and I can get a copy of the book to read that way.
I don't beg authors for books and I don't stalk them either. They deserve their privacy and probably hate getting e-mails asking for free books. So I use my local library to get books that I haven't had the opportunity to get an early copy. I've also been using Netgalley a lot. Since getting my Nook, it's been awesome. I really enjoy reading the books on it and I was so hesitant about getting an e-reader.
I should put where the book has come from when I review it, but I always forget! I know that we book bloggers get a bad rap at times because we're seen as pushy, rude and only want what everyone else wants. I think what I would take over a free advanced copy of a book is for followers to respond to my reviews. Let me know if you think my review is crazy, over the top or just a rambling mess. I like dialogue and just getting responses like ie, Great Review, I should get this book. Isn't want I'm looking for. I want you to ask me questions regarding the book. Why did I like the book. Why did I not like the book. Even if you read the book and don't agree with my review, come on over and start a dialogue. That's where looking for when it comes to book reviews. We want to discuss the book with our readers. Just like the authors will discuss their books, we reviewers want to talk about them as well.
I want someone to challenge my reviews. Tell me that I'm off my tree. I reviewed Anna and the French Kiss and I positively hated it. But there are so many people out there loved it. Why didn't anyone question my review. I'm not saying be nasty, but lets get a debate going. If I was running a political blog, there would be people out there questions my politics, whether I'm right wing/left wing. A Birther, etc...
We've created these blogs to discuss books, not just give away free stuff. The free stuff is a perk, but it's not the only reason why we blog. I had my biggest surge of followers during the April Fools Hop and it was because I was giving away a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Why don't these same people read my reviews?
I'm going to have a contest soon that is being run by a publisher and this one is going to be difficult to win. I'm still thinking of ways to increase traffic. I'm heading to BEA next month, and my swag is gonna be huge.