A huge book like Towers of Midnight, the penultimate volume of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, sells itself and, as such, doesn’t need many advanced reading copies shipped to reviewers. Besides, the fans of the book hate to be spoiled before they can read the book for themselves on November 2.
For those reasons, Tor has put an embargo on reviews: those bloggers that acquired a review copy were asked not review the book before its release date. There has been a lot of buzz in the world of fantasy about this embargo. Mainly about one blogger who decided he’s above such a thing and decided to post a bunch of spoilers anyway. His spoilers can be found here, but click at your own risk. I for one wish I hadn’t read them.
These actions have raised the ethical question: are bloggers bound to these embargoes? Many bloggers have recently written about it; two of those were Floor to Ceiling Books and Temple Library Reviews. These articles are very interesting to read.
In my opinion, blogging is about sharing my passion for books. As a passionate reader, I respect what publishers like Tor do to give me the books I love. However, what I’m interested in is how you, as a reader of blogs, feel about these embargoes? Are they in the way of the journalistic aspect of book blogging, or are bloggers honor bound to stick to them?