To read and review books, you must first be subscribed as a Reader member and complete a Reviewer Profile. Reader membership is free and we encourage all members to add a Reader subscription upon joining Kindred Readers. To add a Reader subscription, simply click on the SUBSCRIPTIONS tab on your Dashboard.

The Reviewer Profile form requests basic information about the types of books you enjoy reading and your interests (e.g., cooking, motorcycle touring, photography). We use that profile, as well as other information (e.g., your past reviewing history, the books in your To Be Read pile, any reported conflicts of interest, etc.) to match you with books you may enjoy reading.

You indicate whether you're available to review on your Member Dashboard. If your availability status is toggled to "available," we consider you part of the reviewer pool and available for current assignments. You can toggle your status to "unavailable" at any time.

We use a token system as site currency. If you don't want to read a book that's been assigned to you, you can use tokens to decline the assignment. (There are other ways to earn and use tokens; click here to learn more about Kindred Readers' tokens system.)

The review process in a nutshell

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When an author requests a review of their book, we compare the book profile information against the preferences and histories of all available reviewers to identify the best match. Once we've found the best reviewer for the book, we'll contact the reviewer to notify them of the assignment.

As a community, we need to be able to count on each other to act responsibly. A reviewer who fails to respond to an assignment or who does not submit a review as agreed costs the author several weeks of lost time. We need you to remain in good communication with us about your ability (or inability) to review in a timely fashion.

When you are assigned a book to review, we send you an email and post notices to your Dashboard. You should accept or decline the assignment within 72 hours of being notified. You may either accept or decline the assignment from your Dashboard.

If you accept: For a regular review, the reviewer has 28 days from the date of assignment to read the book and submit the review. Rush reviews should be submitted within 14 days of assignment. We send several reminder notices during the review period. If at any time you determine that you cannot complete the review on time, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inform us of the difficulty.

If you decline the assignment: Tokens will be deducted from your account and the review will be assigned to another Reader.

If you do not respond to the assignment, the option to accept or decline will be removed after 72 hours and tokens will be deducted from your account for Failure to Respond to a Review Assignment.

Please see our Review Guidelines for additional information.

Submitting a review

Your Reviewer Dashboard shows your review assignment and due date. Click on the Submit my Review link to enter your review.

Standard reviews that are submitted on time and in accordance with our Review Guidelines earn the full number of tokens awarded for a regular review. Late reviews submitted on days 29-31 earn fewer tokens. After day 31, the option to submit a review no longer exists. We record a Failure to Review, your account is debited tokens and the book is reassigned to another reviewer on a rush basis. 

Rush reviews that are submitted on time and in accordance with our Review Guidelines earn double the amount of tokens of a regular review. Late rush reviews submitted on days 15-17 earn fewer, but still more than a regular review. After day 17, the option to submit a review no longer exists. We record a Failure to Review, your token account is debited, and the book is reassigned to another reviewer on a rush basis. 

Upon submission of your review, Kindred Readers staff will perform a quick compliance check to ensure the review meets our Review Guidelines. If we have concerns, we'll follow up with you to discuss it. Otherwise we publish the review and invite you to cross-post the review to vendor websites.

Any member who fails to review twice is removed from the reviewer pool until we've resolved the difficulty.

If you determine at any time that you're unable to review, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately. We understand that unforeseen circumstances occur, and you won't be penalized for events beyond your control — we just need to know how to plan.

 For additional information, please consult our Review Guidelines.

Cross-posting reviews

We strongly encourage reviewers to cross-post the review to up book vendor websites (e.g., Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo) for additional tokens. If the overall score is less than 3 stars, the reviewer may This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request that the tokens be granted without cross-posting. 

For additional information, please consult our Review Guidelines.

Here's a diagram that shows the basic process for a regular review.

 
Author requests review of their book; author's token account is debited


We match the book to the most appropriate available reviewer

Kindred Reader notifies reviewer that they've been assigned to review book


Reviewer has 72 hours to accept or decline the assignment. Declining the assignment costs a few tokens
. If you do not respond, the option to accept or decline will be removed after 72 hours have elapsed, and your token account will be debited. KR will assign the review to another appropriate Reader.

Reviewer has 28 days to read book 
and submit review in accordance with KR Review Guidelines


Reviewer receives reminder notices throughout review period


If review has not been submitted by day 31, review is reassigned on a rush basis

Reviewer submits review. KR staff ensures that review meets
Review Guidelines and if so, publishes review.

Reviewer is invited to cross-post  review to book vendor websites.
(members earn additional tokens for cross-posting*)

Author's Dashboard reflects that review has been published

Reviewer's token account is credited

*If book is rated less than 3 stars overall, reviewer may This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that tokens be granted without cross-posting review

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