Win a signed copy of Maggie's new book

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21 Responses to “Win a signed copy of Maggie's new book”

  1. Houston Lang says:

    Or, you know, send the burnt cookies.

  2. tylerdoubleyou says:

    This is misleading.  Winning a signed sticker to place inside a purchased book is not the same as winning a ‘signed copy of Maggie’s new book’.  I don’t have plans to purchase the book, but read the post in hopes of finding out how I might win one.

  3. sharkmark says:

    I’m sorry. This is just wrong. It’s bribery and any reputable journalistic endeavor would fire someone immediately for suggesting it. It’s very unethical.

    That’s what BoingBoing suggested when a skin care company wanted to pay off journalists for printing their press releases. 

    http://boingboing.net/2011/05/05/skin-care-company-tr.html

    • Note that I am not making this offer to journalists. I’m making this offer to a wide range of non-professional Internet users. I’m not bribing journalists. I’m giving people who were going to buy the book anyway an incentive to tell their friends about it. 

      • Nick Weaver says:

        No you are not. You are actively soliciting positive reviews using bribery (good reviews get a cookie, bad reviews get burnt cookies/no cookies).

        This is not only very unethical, but that you can’t see that this is effectively the same thing as an article YOU cited about being paid for good reviews is disturbing: Someone shilling for you on Amazon doesnt’ make a difference if they are a ‘professional’ journalist or a random person.

        E.G, how is a cookie different from other payment? http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2009/04/23/amazon-deletes-revie.html

        • linnyr says:

          I have to agree with Nick. It stinks of astroturfing and violates WOMMA agreements. : Sorry Maggie.

        • noahmckinnon says:

          Count me as another for believing that soliciting reviews in exchange for cookies, especially if you start making judgements about which reviewers gets cookies, crosses the line. Good luck with your book though. Love the site and your contributions.

      • Thinking about it a bit more and talking with other people, I think you’re right. I’m canceling that part of the offer. It wasn’t well thought-out on my part and does come too close to bribery to be okay. 

  4. What if you send me cookies and I don’t tell anybody about your book? That would still be okay, right?

  5. penguinchris says:

    I ordered it last week and it should arrive today or tomorrow, and I will do as you ask. I won’t tell anyone about the cookies if you want to send me some despite your decision. Hey, maybe you’ve got extras, it has nothing to do with any book reviews.

  6. tempo says:

    Thanks a lot, assholes!  I wanted cookies.  :(

  7. emilydickinsonridesabmx says:

    I’m  a little shocked people think this is unethical. Encouraging people to write a review in exchange for some goodies is a pretty normal thing to do. It’s like offering someone $5 to take a survey. If you asked people to write good reviews for a prize, that would be troublesome, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. You’re just encouraging people to share their views. I’ve spent my whole adult life working in PR, and have done similar campaigns many times, and as long as you take the good reviews with the bad, I don’t see the problem. It’s just a clever way to market the book. I say carry on. 

  8. traalfaz says:

    I’ll buy my Nook edition when the price is the same as the Kindle edition ($14.99)

  9. Jesseham says:

    You could solve your “bribery” problem by just sending everyone cookies. :-)

  10. juepucta says:

    I will spread the word about your tasty tasty cookies if you send me a copy of the book :P

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