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Frequently Asked Questions about Eye on Books

  1. Why haven't you interviewed my favorite author?
  2. Can you tell me how to contact an author?
  3. I can't find the author's address. Can you pass along a message to him for me?
  4. Can I get a transcript of an Eye on Books interview?
  5. I'm an author (or I represent one). Can I arrange an interview with Bill Thompson?
  6. Can I embed an Eye on Books interview on my blog or website?
  7. Can I use one of your interviews -- or an excerpt from one -- in my podcast?
  8. I have a radio show. Can I use Eye on Books interviews on the air?
  9. How about your author photos? Can I use one in my blog / research paper / presentation?

  1. Why haven't you interviewed my favorite author?
    There can be many reasons. A few authors are never available for interviews, others only infrequently. Also, since most Eye on Books interviews are done in-person, a particular author may not be here if their only interview availability is by telephone.

  2. Can you tell me how to contact an author?
    We don't have access to authors' personal email or snail-mail addresses. You should first check to see if the author has a website, since there is usually contact information there. If not, authors can typically be reached by sending a letter to their publisher.

  3. I can't find the author's address. Can you pass along a message to him for me?
    Sorry, no. As stated above, we don't have any contact information that's not publicly available.

  4. Can I get a transcript of an Eye on Books interview?
    Full transcripts of some of our interviews are available at a nominal cost, by simply clicking on the green "Get a Transcript" button on the interview page. If no transcript is available, there won't be a green button; instead a box will appear on-screen that will let you email us to tell us you'd like a transcript.

  5. I'm an author (or I represent one). Can I arrange an interview with Bill Thompson?
    Contact us for details on how authors are selected for Eye on Books interviews. Please note: Eye on Books does not interview the authors of self-published books.

  6. Can I embed an Eye on Books interview on my blog or website?
    Yes! We'd be delighted if you did! Easy cut-and-paste embedding code (like what you see on video-sharing sites) will be available for all of our interviews soon.

  7. Can I use one of your interviews -- or an excerpt from one -- in my podcast?
    In most cases, yes. All we ask is that you give us a proper credit, both in the podcast itself and, if applicable, in your show notes. Don't alter the sound file to make it appear that you did the interview. That's not cool.

  8. I have a radio show. Can I use Eye on Books interviews on the air?
    Yes, but read this very carefully first: YOU MAY NOT BROADCAST EYE ON BOOKS INTERVIEWS or excerpts thereof on any radio, TV, or cable station or network that can be received anywhere in the Washington, D.C. or Baltimore metropolitan areas. And you MUST give on-air credit to "EyeonBooks.com" and, if also used on your station's website, a link back to Eye on Books. And while it's not required, it would be very nice if you would let us know when you're airing our work.

  9. How about your author photos? Can I use one in my blog / research paper / presentation?
    In most cases, absolutely. We just ask that you credit "EyeonBooks.com." We also ask you to please ask permission first, but we'll almost always say yes and, as long as it's for non-commercial use, almost always for free.

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