Frequently Asked Questions for Authors and Publishers

We offer 4 tools to help you collect book reviews

Reader magnets - Lead magnet pages that give away free books to collect emails

Review Magnets - Magnet pages that give away free books to collect reviews for other books

Bot promotions - A Facebook bot that gives away free book copies and follows up with a review request platform- We also give away review copies to qualifying reviewers through

Before using any of the tools, you must add promotional copies of your book to your account. Here is what you need to get started:

  • A book that is currently published on Amazon.
  • The ASIN of the book.
  • An account with Fiveabook.
  • Optional (but recommended): The book should be on Goodreads

Now, let’s create our first promo.

There are two promo types. We recommend Gift Amazon link promos, so we will start with this.

Go to, click Account in the top menu, login, and go to Publisher Account.

Click Add promo copies.

Select Amazon Gift links as the promo type and click Next.

Enter the ASIN of the book and click Confirm ASIN. Wait for the process to finish. This might take a while.

Select the number of book promo copies you want to give away in the field titled Number of book promo copies.

Click Add to my book titles, to add the book title to your published book titles.

Because this is your first time creating a promo for this book, you will also have to add some details about the book. You only have to do this the first time.

You have to upload a book cover and select up to two categories for your book title. All other fields are optional but We recommend completing as many fields as possible.

Click Next to go to the final step.

Select where you would like the reviewer to review the book, i.e. on Amazon.

Leave the start and expiry date fields as is.

Type in a coupon code for the bot. Think of something memorable but hard to guess.

Move to the Fiveabook distribution sectio reviews written at 3.

Click Submit.

Complete the payment details. We need to charge your card so we can buy Kindle copies of your book on your behalf.

When you are done, you will be given two links:

  • Facebook bot link
  • Short link to book listing on

If you only want to add your books on our site or use the bot, you are done. However, we highly recommend setting up Reader and Review magnets for your book.

Add promo copies

Use Review Magnets to get reviews

Include a link to a review magnet at the end of each book and convert those happy readers into reviewers. 100% Amazon compliant.

Use Reader Magnets to build your email list and get reviews

Give away book review copies, collect emails and follow up to ask for a review.

Use bot marketing to get reviews

Your bot will be up 24-7 distributing copies of your book to reviewers and chasing them up for a review.

Track your book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Optimize your giveaways, prune your email lists, and sell more books.

Reach even more reviewers through our platform

Target reviewers based on the  number of written reviews, average length of reviews, etc. Targeting is only available for hosted (on-site) promotions.

Automate reviewer checks

Do they have an Amazon or Goodreads account? Can they claim a gift copy from their country?

Build traction and momentum in book releases.

Collecting reviews in the first month is important for the long-term success of the title.

Allow good books to be discovered.

By making it easier to collect reviews for new titles, good books have a higher chance to break through the ten-review barrier, and attract the attention they deserve.

Quickly filter out your lower-quality titles and focus on the good titles.

By getting quick feedback on which books are the best you can quickly allocate your resources (editing, cover redesign, marketing) to perfecting the books that have the highest chance of long-term success.

Increase your long-term book sales by collecting more reviews than your competition.

Get invaluable feedback for your books without having to wait for thousands of readers to buy them first.

Make improvements faster and get more satisfied and more repeat customers.

Save on your marketing budget by increasing the review conversion rate of your review copies.

Amazon Gift Links

Reviewers can claim Kindle book gifts directly from Amazon.

Verified reviews

Full benefit on sales rank

Each redemption counts towards sales rank

Delivered to the reviewer's Kindle

Amazon DRM

Your book is copy-protected (if activated on Amazon)

Supports all Kindle features

Whispersync, Immersion, X-Ray, etc.

Higher cost

You have to buy Kindle copies of your own book to give away. You might lose the royalty when a reviewer redeems for gift card instead of book

Only US-based reviewers

Whispersync, Immersion, X-Ray, etc.

Support only Kindle books

Book file

Available as a download from Kindle or Web browser, or emailed directly to the reviewer's Kindle device.

Free promo copies

No need to buy promotional copies from Amazon

Three ebook delivery options

Download from Kindle browser
Download from computer
Email to Kindle device

Delivered to the reviewer's Kindle

Reviewers can based anywhere in the world

Non-verified reviews

No sales rank benefit

Redemptions do not count towards sales rank


The reviewer could copy your book and re-distribute it

Limited Kindle features

The book shows up under Documents in Fire tablets

What is a reader magnet?

A reader magnet is a page on the web that invites visitors to enter their email in exchange for a free book.

You can use reader magnets to 1) collect reviews by sending review reminders by email, 2) to build email lists of reviewers and weed out freebie-seekers, and 3) to securely distribute ARCs to journalists and bloggers.

Are reader magnet reviews Verified?

You can get Amazon Verified reviews for your books through reader magnets, if you distribute GIFT promo copies.

If you distribute FILE promo copies, then the reviews will not be verified.

Can I restrict access to my reader magnet?

You can restrict access to a pre-approved list of emails. If somebody requests a copy and their email is not on the pre-approved email list, we will kindly refuse their request and forward them to a URL of your choice.

Does the reader magnet take care of emailing the readers or do I have to email them by myself?

You can set your reader magnet to send up to three emails to the readers. The first email is a Thank-you type email and it is sent one hour after the reader has received the copy. The second email is sent after a week, only if the reader forgot to download the book. The third email is sent after a month if the reader did not review the book, or if we cannot check if they reviewed it.

Why can't you check if a reader reviewed the book for all magnets?

To be able to check if a reader reviewed a book, we must ask them for their Amazon profile URL. You can set your magnet to ask for the Amazon profile but we do not recommend it as it adds an extra (slightly complicated) step for the reader which is likely to decrease your conversion rate.

Do you confirm the reader's email?

If you are distributing FILE promos. It is your choice. You can activate email confirmation for your magnet. If email confirmation is active, we will send an email to the reader and ask them to confirm they received it before giving them a free copy.

If you are distributing GIFT promos, however, email confirmation is mandatory for security reasons.

What happens when the magnet expires?

After expiration, the magnet will no longer work. You cannot reactivate an expired magnet. You can change the expiry date of a magnet but you cannot remove it.

What is a review magnet?

A review magnet invites a reader (who has already read your book) to write some feedback on your book. The review magnet promises the reader a free copy of another book, if they give you their honest feedback.

After the reader has submitted their feedback, they are also given the opportunity to copy/paste it into your book's Amazon product page as a review.

Note that the reader will receive the promised free copy if they give you some feedback on your book as promised. It is entirely up to them to decide if they want to also share that feedback as a review on Amazon. As per Amazon's terms, we do not offer readers any incentives to review your book.

Are review magnet reviews Verified?

In regards to the book you are soliciting reviews for - it depends on whether the customer bought the book from Amazon (or received a GIFT copy of it).

In regards to the free book you are giving away as a reward - it depends on the promo type you use. If you are giving away GIFT copies, you will get Verified Amazon reviews. If you are giving away FILE copies, you will not get Verified reviews.

How can I use my review magnet?

You should include a link to your review market at the end of each book.

You can also create multiple review magnets for the same book you are soliciting feedback for, but with different free book rewards. You can then include all magnet links at the end of the book and let the reader choose their reward.

The reader will be able to claim only one of the magnets, i.e. they cannot submit feedback for the same book multiple times and claim different prizes.

Does the review magnet take care of emailing the readers or do I have to email them by myself?

The review magnet will send a thank-you email one hour after the free book is delivered, or roughly three hours after the reader submits their feedback.

You are free to email the readers who claimed your review magnet from your own email program. Make sure you abide by GPDR if you choose to do so.

Why can't you check if a reader reviewed the book for all magnets?

Readers will receive their free book download two hours after submitting their feedback.

As we mentioned already, we ask the readers to share their feedback on Amazon at the end of the magnet process. Since this is an important step, we prefer to not distract the reader with an immediate book download.

Do you confirm the reader's email?

It is your choice. You can activate email confirmation for your magnet. If email confirmation is active, we will send an email to the reader and ask them to confirm they received it before giving them a free copy.

What happens when the magnet expires?

After expiration, the magnet will no longer work. You cannot reactivate an expired magnet. You can change the expiry date of a magnet but you cannot remove it.

Can I communicate with the reviewers?

Fiveabook does not provide any means or any identification of the reviewers. If you want to communicate with a reviewer, you have to try to reach them through the Amazon or Goodreads review.

Can I select reviewers based on their performance as a reviewer?

You cannot select specific reviewers. What you can do is set a minimum threshold for a promo copy, under which a reviewer cannot request that copy. For example, you can add a promo copy and indicate that only reviewers that have written a minimum of three reviews (through Fiveabook) can request a copy.

How can I submit many links in bulk but use different settings in each one?

All links you submit in bulk must share the same initial settings, but you can edit the settings after you submit them. We recommend starting with the stricter settings, and then editing each link individually in your account. Alternatively, you can submit each link individually but this may take more time.

How does a reviewer know if they can request a promo copy?

Reviewers get feedback on whether they can request a particular book, in the category results and in the book’s details page. A reviewer must be logged in to view this feedback as it is related to their account.

I cannot find a good category fit for my book.

For now, please add your book to the category that makes the most sense or to the category where you might find the most readers. You can let us know of the category you would like to find by contacting us here.

I have added my book title and promo copy, but I don’t see my book in the category results.

It usually takes me about 5 minutes to process your book and promo and add it to the category results. On a rare occasion, where the book cover might have some nudity, it might take me up to an hour. Do check your email for any warnings about your submission. For example, you might have to re-upload your cover if it did not pass the quality check.

In how many categories can I add my book?

You must add your book to at least one category. You can add your book in up to two categories. In most cases, We recommend adding it to two categories unless putting it in a second category makes no sense.

What countries are my promos available to through

It depends on the promo type and the target country you have chosen.

Amazon Gift link promos are only available to users with US Amazon accounts. Users with non-US Amazon accounts cannot accept gifts links, so we do not make these promos available to them.

File type promos are available to all countries because we manage the distribution of the file. You can choose to make the file available to ALL countries (recommended) or target a specific country, in case you want to collect Amazon reviews in the Amazon website they use in that country. This does not guarantee that the reviewer will review your book in that country, but it is more likely that they will. You can change your own country setting, in Profile & settings > General settings.

What happens when a reader reviews a book they received from

After a reviewer claims a promo copy, we will periodically check if the reviewer has left a review on the requested review sites (Amazon and/or Goodreads). When we find the review/s, we decrease the number of pending reviews by one and increase the number of validated reviews by one.

What is the difference between asking for Amazon and Goodreads reviews, and asking for Amazon or Goodreads reviews.

When you ask for Amazon and Goodreads reviews, the reviews will be counted as validated when the reviewer posts a review on both Amazon and Goodreads. When you ask for Amazon or Goodreads reviews, the reviews will be counted as validated when the reviewer posts a review on either Amazon or Goodreads.

Will my book remain visible in your website when all promos have been claimed?

Your book will be removed from the results when all promos have been claimed. However, your book will remain in your account so you can easily add more promo copies in the future.

Is my book file protected against piracy?

We do not add DRM protection to ebooks to maximize distribution reach. If you are concerned about piracy, we recommend using only the Amazon Giftlink promo type.

I am confused with the book promo types. Which one is for me?

We recommend the Amazon Gift link promo types for most users. It takes more time to setup, but the reviews are verified and your book is protected and delivered by Amazon. It can also be very cheap at 30 cents per copy, if you plan it right. Choose another promo type if you know exactly why you are doing it.

Can I submit multiple Gift links simultaneously?

You can submit up to 100 links in one go.

How many promo copies do you recommend I add for a book launch?

Anywhere between 20 and 100 copies is a good starting point. If you have just started and you are experimenting with the platform, you can try with just one promo copy. We recommend Amazon Gift link promo copies for starters.

Why do I have less promo book copies than book titles?

At least one book title in your account does not have any promo copies.

“The email you entered is already registered”

You will get this error if you try to register with an email that was successfully registered in the past, or if you try to register with an email that is attached to an already registered Social account (Google or Facebook). Please use another email or use the Forgot your password link in the bottom of the login page.

I don’t understand the numbers on my Publisher dashboard.

Hover over each number to see a short explanation of what it is. Note the math symbols next to each number.

Validated + Pending + Removed reviews = Total reviews = Claimed promo copies

Claimed promo copies + Unclaimed promo copies = Total promo book copies

I received an unfair review. What now?

Add more promo copies and get more reviews. If your book is good, the good reviews will dominate any occasional bad review.

I signed up as a Publisher, but I also see a Reviewer account tab in my account.

Every user has both Publisher and Reviewer functionalities in their account. You can be both at the same time, or you can use only one. It’s up to you. However, you cannot claim or review your own book titles.

What is a bot?

A bot is an autonomous program that users can chat with asif it was a real human.

How does the Fiveabook bot market my book?

The Fiveabook bot is available to chat to over Facebook messenger. When you add promo copies to your Fiveabook account we ask for you to come up with a bot coupon code. Anybody* with that coupon code can claim one free copy from the Messenger bot.

For example, we have created a coupon code FAB-SELLBOOKS for one of our own books.

Go ahead and go to to chat with our bot

Give it the coupon code and follow the steps to claim a copy

* Readers must have an Amazon account and (depending on the promotion) a Goodreads account. If you have used Amazon Gift links, the user must also have a US Amazon account.

Can I change my bot coupon code?

You cannot change your bot coupon code after you have added a promo. You will have to delete the promo and make a new one. 

Can I have different coupon codes for one book?

Yes. Every book promo copy could have a different coupon code if you submitted them separately (although this does not make much sense). You could, for example, have 20 promo copies with the coupon code FAB-FIRST20 and another 10 with the coupon code FAB-NEXT10 for the same book.

Do the reviewer requirements apply for readers who want to claim a book form the bot?

No. The reviewer requirements apply only to readers that want to get a free book copy from the website at Fiveabook.comIf somebody has a bot coupon code, they can claim one free copy, as long as they have an Amazon account and (if the promotion requires it) a Goodreads account. If you have used Amazon Gift links, the user must also have a US Amazon account.

What is the bot url and how should I use it?

When you are finished adding your book promo copies, we give you a bot url that looks like this

When somebody clicks on this link, they are taken straight to the Messenger bot and the coupon code is already filled in behind the scenes (they don’t have to type it in).

This is convenient if you want to create a Facebook ad and send people straight to the bot to claim a free review copy.

How do I get reviews through the bot?

Your bot is a very powerful tool that you can use to get reviews. However, like any tool, you will not see any results if you don’t use it. It is up to you to promote the bot link and get those review copies out. After all, nobody else knows the bot coupon code.

We recommend using Facebook ads to drive traffic straight to the bot.

Choose Website as the Destination of the ad and enter your bot’s URL as the Website URL.

Make sure your target audience matches your reader profile for your book. If your promotion uses Amazon Gift links, then target only the USA. People with non-US Amazon accounts cannot claim Amazon Gift links.

Use Canva to generate an enticing graphic for your book promo.

To avoid spending money on unqualified clicks, you can ask people if they have an Amazon account in your ad copy. Users that don’t have Amazon accounts do not qualify and you will be better off if they don’t click on the ad.

Last but not least, make sure you have gone through the process of claiming a book copy yourself so that you don’t make any false promises in your ad.

Am I allowed to distribute my book file through Fiveabook?

For Book File to Kindle Email promos, you must check with your current Publishers / Book distributors if you can distribute a review copy free of charge. If you are enrolled in KDP Select, you cannot create Boοk File to Kindle Email promos.

You can always use Prepaid and Gift Amazon Links without any resctrictions.

Can I add erotica book titles?

As long as your erotica is published on Amazon, it is good to be promoted on Fiveabook as well. Please be mindful of adding erotic and LGBT titles to unrelated categories for obvious reasons.

Can I buy book gift / prepaid links from myself for $0.99? from Amazon?

You can buy your book from yourself at whatever price you have set it. For maximum savings, we recommend putting your book on a $0.99 Kindle Countdown Deal for a day or two, and buying as many copies as you need during the promo. The final cost (after royalties paid back to you) will be around 30 cents per copy.

Note that, in order to use a Kindle Countdown Deal, your book must be enrolled in KDP Select which means that you cannot create Book File to Kindle Email promos at Fiveabook.

Can I have multiple accounts.

Yes, multiple accounts are allowed. For example, you might want to keep your Reviewer and Publisher account separate for management and access reasons. However, we cannot merge accounts together so please make plan ahead accordingly.

How many book promos can I add in total?

You can currently add up to a total of 500 promo book copies per book title. You can add up to 100 copies at a time.

How many book titles can I add in total?

There is no limit to the number of book titles you can add.

My book is not on Goodreads. Can I use Fiveabook?

Yes, but we strongly recommend you add your book on Goodreads to maximize your reviewer reach.