First of all, Online Book Club is a website of “Online Message Boards for Readers, Book Lovers, and Writers”, plus free and paid book reviews. When I first discovered it, I was less than impressed with the boring layout, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. So far, I’ve made $15. Having a bit of pocket money is the only attractive point, however, because the mandatory requirements are just ridiculous.
1.) The Review Team
Once you’ve selected and read one of the available books, you write the review and submit it to OnlineBookClub’s team of editors. As a writer, I was excited to get some feedback from professionals.
What I didn’t know is that they expect absolute perfection. For an amateur website, they’re pretty damn picky. After writing five reviews, I still have no idea what they’re looking for. I’m averaging a score of 75%.
2.) Point System
Your points determine how many books are available to review and how much you’ll be paid. The problem? Getting and keeping points is impossible. Each forum post gives you a tiny fraction of a point, so you’ll have to post at least a thousand times to get a decent amount. Once the review team has shredded your hard work to pieces, they deduct so many points that you practically have to start all over again.
I have yet to get over 40 points, which is the minimum required to pick a book to review. Then, I have to spend at least another week posting comments in forums. That gets old very quickly. Very, very quickly.
3.) Book Selection Isn’t that Great
Not to sound cruel, but the books they offer seem to be rejects from other websites. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but there are so many grammar and plot mistakes that they’re honestly difficult to understand. To read the nicer books, the ones from semi-famous authors, you need a high number of points.
4.) Good Points
I’ve read books I never would have normally, which is a nice change of pace. But, as I said, they haven’t been all that enjoyable…
I’m now technically a “published” author and OnlineBookClub encourages us to include them on our resumes.
5.) And So…
This website is perfect for people who have a lot of time on their hands – to sit down and painstakingly analyze their work sentence by sentence and spend hours posting on forums after forum after forum. Probably need to have the patience of a saint, as the saying goes, or you will be shedding some angry tears.
For everyone else…it’s best to find another website.