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Adding our regular sports book review can assist in building greater reader loyalty for your newspaper, magazine or sports-related website and save you valuable time. How?

  1. As the UK’s leading provider of sports book reviews, each written exclusively for us by one of our established, well-known sports writers, we can guarantee to offer your readers the opportunity to win a of the book being reviewed.
  2. Generally, we have up to six books available as prize copies, thus increasing the chances of your readers winning one.
  3. Our competition copies are almost always signed by the author, thus adding genuine value to the prize.
  4. In addition to having the chance to win a signed sports book each week, given our close links with internet retail giant Amazon, we can pass on exactly the same discounts as readers would obtain were they to buy the same book online. These genuine savings can be up to 50% off a book’s cover price.
  5. Our website maintains the most comprehensive online archive of UK sports books which readers can access at any time – completely free of charge.
  6. Apart from providing weekly book reviews, at certain times of the year, such as a few weeks before Christmas or at the start of the new football season or another major sporting event, we can offer shorter summaries of books published to coincide with the event, all available at heavily discounted prices.
  7. We can also provide publications with bespoke charts, in ‘Top 10’ or ‘Top 20’ format, which provide details of the previous month’s (or quarter’s) most popular sports books, together with information relating to each book’s sales.
  8. Sporting DVDs: This is a very specific, fan-centric market, dominated by compilations. Nonetheless, whenever more appealing titles are published, we will provide reviews and offer readers the opportunity to win signed competition copies as we do with our books.
  9. Should you be short of time or staff to write a specific, perhaps locally-produced, review of a sports book, why not contact us? In all probability, we can turn a review around within 72 hours of receiving the title.
  10. Testimonials:
  11. "We’ve been taking the sports book review for a couple of years now and are always impressed by the standard and clarity of writing and the variety of titles on offer. I would have no hesitation recommending this extremely good (and punctual) service to others."
    Barry Kinghorn, Sports editor, Birmingham Post

    "We first started publishing our weekly sports book review three years ago. During the intervening period, it has become enormously popular with our readers. I suspect it’s the first thing some readers look for when they buy the paper – it’s that good."
    Keith Wales, Sports editor, Stoke Sentinel

    "It’s always delivered on time, with each book’s jacket cover attached and is always exactly the right length for the space we have in the paper. As a sports editor, I know we can rely upon the guys at 4sportsbooks to never let us down."
    David Evans, Sports editor, South Wales Evening Post

    "The sports book review’s writing style matches our reader profile perfectly, which accounts for its appeal. The book review and associated competitions have become one of our most popular features."
    Alex Martin, Sports editor, Aberdeen Press & Journal



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