FAQ

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Being featured on this site does not mean that a book has a hechsher.

We are not Rabbanim, we are chareidi editors, publishers and authors.

We feature books published by recognized frum publishers.

We also feature books that are self-published that we feel are appropriate for a frum audience

We trust readers will make their own decisions based on who published a book and who the author is.

Think of our reviews as recommendations or suggestions from a friend, letting you know what’s available.

What Is Your Policy on Self-Published Books?

When you choose a book published by an established frum publisher, you have some assurance that the content has been vetted by an editorial board and meets with the guidelines of that particular publisher’s hashkafa.

Today, however, more and more authors are turning to what was once the only way to publish a book: self-publishing.

There are many good reasons for an author to choose this route. Readers should not assume that an author chose to self-publish because no publisher would accept the work.

To self-publish successfully requires a great deal of skill, time and investment by the author. Many fine writers are choosing this route, even though in many ways, it would be easier for them to go through a publisher.

We want to give these authors a voice as well, especially as you may not find their books in Jewish bookstores as easily as traditionally published books, which are distributed by publishing companies with far more resources at their disposal than individual writers have.

You will find that some self-published sefarim have haskamos. Frum novels typically do not carry haskamos. Thus self-published novels do not benefit from the same hashkafic supervision as those put out by publishers. It doesn’t mean the book is not a frum book. A reader may have to take other factors into account, such as who the author is, where else the author has published, and what other readers have said, before making a decision.

To give you an example, we recently read an outstanding self-published book that contained three sentences that would have been edited out by many of the publishers we know. The sentences did not include objectionable language or anything of the sort, and they were there for a very good reason – to show how far from Yiddishkeit the character was. They were not outrageous, but because I work for frum publishers, they jumped out at me. Other reviewers here said the same thing. Even so, we chose to include the book on this site because we all agreed that it was still what we consider a frum book and that its spiritual message was sound and well written. Most of our readers may never even notice the three sentences, while a few may be a little taken aback.

This is why every self-published book we feature will carry the notice “please read our policy about self-published books.”

We trust you to make your own decision about what is right for you.

Will you have parental guidance ratings?

We aren’t going to provide much of this because every parent has different standards. As this is a site about frum books, so we hope that most things we feature will be suitable for all audiences.

What we will tell you is if there are disturbing scenes, mature themes or an unusual amount of violence.

“Recommended for teens above age 13 and adults” is the code phrase we use, unless we choose to elaborate for specific reasons.

Do you get paid to review the books you feature?

No.

We may have received a review copy of a book, in which case we will tell you that in the review.

The books we feature are there for one of two reasons: we read a book and decided to include it, or the author submitted his or her book for us to consider including on the site.

I am an author. How do I get my book on your site?

To submit your book for inclusion on this site, please contact us.

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