Write a review - get the book for free

After a simple registration, you have instant access for six months to the online review copy you selected. You can read and review ten online review copies at one time. For your efforts, you'll get the book for free in return. Taking part in this service you accept our terms and conditions.

Find here a detailed description of the whole online book review service. If you have still questions about the process, or about anything else related to book reviews, you are welcome to contact us directly.

1. Access and reserve copies

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How do I find online review copies which interest me?

Access to the online book review copies is through the book product pages on springer.com. You can find the books that interest you and your readers by doing a general search for ISBN, author or title on springer.com. You can also register for our monthly newsletter for book reviewers. Find further details here.

How can I access or reserve an online review copy?

Once you select a title and see Access an Online Book Review Copy on the right-hand side of the product page, this means the book is immediately accessible for review. After a few clicks, the Online-Reader opens and you can start reading your book review copy. 

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If you see the button Reserve an Online Book Review Copy, this means the title is not yet available. You can reserve it at any time by clicking on the button. The book will then be added to your ‘Review Copies in Waiting List.’
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You will receive an email from us as soon as the book is available online. This email also includes a link, so that you can access the book immediately.

How do I sign in?

Click on Access an Online Book Review Copy or Reserve an Online Book Review Copy to register in a few easy steps. Whether you are already registered with us or not, the following information will be useful:

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If you already have an account with springer.com (for example, if you are receiving alerts or are a Springer author), simply type in your e-mail address and password. Your registration data, such as your name and address, will appear. To access online books for review you will be asked for the following additional information:

  • The journal or medium you will be writing for
  • Your job title/function within that journal/medium

After that, you will see your data again in overview and will need to confirm that you are accessing an online review copy for the sole purpose of writing a book review. You are only required to do this once when you register. As soon as you click on Access Book Review Copy, you will have immediate access to your online book.

If you do not have an account at springer.com you will have to register as a new customer. All you have to do is give us your email address and password. You will then be asked for an address and, in order to access online books for review, you should provide the following additional information:

  • The journal or medium you will be writing for
  • Your job title/function within that journal/medium

After that, you will see your data again in overview and will need to confirm that you are accessing an online review copy to the sole purpose of writing a book review. You are only required to do this once when you register. As soon as you click on Access Book Review Copy, you will have immediate access to your online book. 

How do I read an online review copy? 

To read our review copies online, you just need a device with an internet browser. Once you register with your Springer.com password, you are ready to access online book review copies. Either you select a new book that interests you and click on Access Online Book Review Copy and register. You can also select a title from your personal list (My Springer): Click Access Copy and you will have immediate access to the book you selected. A window will open briefly as the title is uploaded to the Online-Reader (Amigo-Reader). Now you can read your online book review copy.

The Online-Reader offers the following features:

  • Use the search function to search the book by keyword
  • Skip to any chapter in the book using the contents list
  • Highlight text and add comments with help of bookmarks
  • Use the magnifying function to make important details bigger

Please note that you need to register with the Online-Reader (Amigo-Reader) at our partner ebooks.com if you want to use all its functionalities, for instance highlighting text or adding comments. You need only register once.

Where can I get help? 

If you have any general questions for our review team or about our online book review service, please send us an e-mail at bookreview@springer.com.

In case of technical difficulties or questions regarding electronic access, please open a ticket for our eBook provider here.

2. Send us your reviews

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Your steps

1. Log in and go to your personal reviewer page in the MY SPRINGER area

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2. Look for the respective book in your reviewer list and click the Upload button

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3. Upload your review

You can upload your review in the following formats: PDF, JPG, TIFF, or even WORD. Also the journal details where you book review was published are required.
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3. Get "Thank You" copies

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After you send us your book review via your profile page (My Springer) or via email to bookreview@springer.com, it will take us a few days to check if it meets the following criteria:

  • Your review must have been officially published, preferably in a specialty journal, specialty online media, or an international magazine or newspaper
  • You have sent us information about the journal/media where your review was published

We will let you know by email whether your review meets our criteria. If it is a newly published book, you receive an email with a link where you can order a free print copy of the book. This free copy of the book will be sent to you at your address and you can expect delivery in two to three weeks.

We send copies as long as the book is not older than three years at the time you first accessed it online. You can also review books that were published more than two years ago. However, we cannot send you a free hard copy of older books.

4. Manage your review copies

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Every time you log in via MY SPRINGER you can see your current reviewing activities on your Book Reviewer pages, where you will find the following categories:

Review Copies Currently accessed

Here you will find a list of the books you currently have online access to. You can read your review copy at any time by clicking on Access Copy. Please note that you only have access to 10 online review copies at a time.You will also find information about how long you have access to your review copies, and you can send us your book review by clicking on Upload.

Review Copies in waiting list

This is a list of the books that will be available online in the near future and which you have already reserved for yourself.You can remove books from this list at any time by using Delete Item. As soon as your reserved book becomes available for online access, we will send you an e-mail to let you know.

Book reviews submitted

Here you can view a list of all the books for which you have sent us a book review. If the 6-months access period has not yet expired, you will still be able to read the book online. After we have checked the publication details of your book review, we will inform you via e-mail whether you are entitled to a complimentary copy of the book as a thank-you for your efforts.

Book review copy access expired

This is a list of the books where your six months access time has run out. You can send us your book review by clicking on Upload.