@DisneyHyperion Shuns Book Bloggers. Where’s the love, Disney?

I am a huge fan of using NetGalley as it is a large source of where I get my review books from {1}, {2}, {3}, {4}. The issue, here, is not at all to do with NetGalley but with Disney-Hyperion. It seems they are above us poor measly book bloggers. Because, after all, no one listens to what we have to say about books. No one.

For the past few months, it appears as if Disney-Hyperion has decided to accept review requests from most book lovers EXCEPT for bloggers. Why is that, exactly? Honestly, I would like to know.

The last time I checked I was an educator as in I teach others. I have a degree in education but that doesn’t necessarily make a teacher. I also sell books. Not in the “Give me your money and I’ll give you a book” type of way but in the, “Oh my god, you MUST read this!” type of way that encourages the sale of books. (Technically, that’s a bookseller, yeah?) I also earn money via my blog (although I won’t go into details about how much as discussed a few days ago during Armchair BEA) so wouldn’t that make me a media professional, too?

But first and foremost, I guess, I am denied because I am a blogger. Disney-Hyperion says it like it’s a dirty word. When I read the word ‘blogger’ from Disney-Hyperion, it seems dirty and tainted. “You filthy, Blogger.” It’s like being called a “Mudblood.”*  I am magical, damnit, and DAMNIT, I sell books!

On Netgalley, Disney-Hyperion also says,

Please DO NOT contact us for physical copies of NetGalleys. We cannot send any out.

Is Disney-Hyperion just above it all? Because even small time publishers (like my favorite Quirk books!) sends out books. Heck, Quirk Books spoils the shit out of book bloggers. So for Disney-Hyperion to say they “cannot” send any out, I just find that hard to believe.

So, even though Disney-Hyperion has decided my opinion and reviews are moot, I know my opinion (and other bloggers) matter. Book Bloggers, you are AMAZING and contribute SO much to literacy and book sales (and no, I am not tooting my own horn, here.) I wouldn’t have discovered so many of my favorite reads if it wasn’t for the book blogger community.

That being said, as long as Disney-Hyperion is is restricting the book blogger love, then I will give them none and will not read any of their books. I will not recommend, nor purchase, any of their titles. Like Nestle, I am on a Disney-Hyperion strike.

From around the blogosphere:

The Cozy Reader and Disney Hyperion

I can’t wait for more! Body and Soul released yesterday! I didn’t even know this! Why didn’t I get a reviewers copy! Sad reviewer here! (Maybe because I’m a year behind on some of my reviews? Or is it because Disney-Hyperion has decided bloggers are no longer an asset to their marketing program and has decided to not approve requests via NetGalley?)The Cozy Reader and Disney Hyperion

BookSpark on Blogspot

So how do you feel about Disney-Hyperion’s blogger shun? 

*Thank you to the few commenters who corrected me on this. There is no spellcheck for made up words from fiction, as popular as they are.

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7 Comments

  1. Jenna says

    I cannot and will not ever agree with the things you state in your post. I do not believe that the publishers should cater to the bloggers. Bloggers choose to review books of their own accord. Bloggers are not professional marketing sources, and as such the publishers are not required to use us to promote their titles.

    As a fellow blogger, I recommend that you take a cautious step back and reevaluate the reason you are blogging to begin with. Is it for ARCs or simply because you like to talk about books?

  2. BookChic says

    Agreed. I don’t understand why they don’t accept blogger requests. They could always auto-approve some bloggers that they like to help cut down on requests, if that’s the problem. I’ve still given it a try though and have been approved for some Hyperion titles, but not the most recent batch.

    I grabbed a few at BEA and also made a new contact there so hopefully I’ll get more to review, so I won’t be joining your strike. I am with you in spirit though because it is a silly rule for them to have. Give us SOME way to actually get ARCs/review copies of your books so we can promote them. I just don’t understand why they’d shut off a big portion of readers that would help your books’ sales.

  3. Jenna says

    Hmmm… definitely sounds like Disney-Hyperion is having a little bit of an ego trip… but, I image if other book bloggers go on a Disney-Hyperion strike, they will take notice of the influence that this community has!

  4. mel says

    I agree. It’s kind of sad that they don’t want to approve bloggers when they were a HUGE boost to the success that pub company has. They don’t owe us free-approval but I don’t think it will hurt them to be a little more aprochable and down-to-earth.

  5. Ruby says

    My only concern about this would be about who a strike really punishes. Disney-Hyperion is the publisher, sure, but aren’t we also punishing the authors, who often have no control over these issues? I’m not saying that doing nothing is the answer–D-H’s position on bloggers is offensive–but I don’t want to mess with any authors’ careers, either.

  6. Pam says

    This is a ridiculous post. Disney sends Netgalley widgets to bloggers they want to work with. Can you imagine the amount of requests they get? Publicists do have other things on their to do lists than catering to the needs of bloggers. And let us be honest, most blogs don’t have hits enough to drive sales and that is what the bottom line is. What does your blog (or my blog, or anyone’s blog) contribute? This is what the library and your local indie bookstore is for. This mentality that we are OWED ARCs is a dangerous and laughable sentiment.

  7. Nicole says

    Hahahahahahahahaahahahaha… ha…

    wait, you mean you’re serious?

    Ah, fuck.

    Just because you don’t understand why a publishing house decides to do something doesn’t mean they’re not justified in doing it. It could also be that, hey! Bloggers have a terrible reputation — especially right after BEA — for just snatching up everything that they can. It’s not exactly undeserved, either.

    So calm down. Oi.

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