Privacy Policy

Welcome to Under the Covers Book Blog, below you will find details of how we use any personal information we collect from you, including and who – if anyone – we will share this with.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered below, or you just want clarification please don’t hesitate to contact us on the below details:

Name: Suzanne/Francesca
Email: [email protected]

Mailing List

To add you to Under the Covers Book Blog’ mailing list we will ask you to enter your email address when you subscribe to the mailing list. Under the Covers Book Blog will never add a user to the mailing list themselves, instead a user must actively sign up.

We use a third party mailing service FloDesk to store the mailing list information. Please see their Privacy Policy here.

We collect your personal information with your consent and it will be used solely for sending you challenge information and announcements, on a monthly basis.

Your information will never be sold, rented or shared with any other third party.

You can unsubscribe from the mailing list by using the “Unsubscribe” option on the bottom of your newsletter or contacting us directly.

Comments

When you comment on Under the Covers Book Blog you must enter your name and email address. You can also enter your website; however, this is non-mandatory. This is so we are able to reply to any comments you make. It also prevents Under the Covers Book Blog from getting spammed out of existence!

Before you post each comment, you will be asked to confirm you have read our Privacy Policy (this page!) and positively opt in. By doing this you are consenting to Under the Covers Book Blog holding your personal information.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely on our server.  We collect your personal information with your consent and it will be used solely for the purposes of viewing and replying to your comment. Your information will never be sold, rented or shared with any third party.

Visitor comments will also be checked through an automated spam detection service (Akismet). You can see how the data is processed here.

If you wish for any of your comments to be deleted, please contact us at [email protected] with the subject line: Delete Comments.

Giveaways

Under the Covers Book Blog offers some giveaways from time to time. Sometimes these are entered by posting on your social media accounts and using a hashtag.  We don’t collect any personal information by you entering the giveaways as the entries are on your social media account.

Some giveaways are sponsored by a third party (publisher). When this is the case it will be stated in the giveaway so you are aware before entering. We will share the winner(s) information only with the third party, not all entries. This will be for the purpose of delivering the prize.

If you are a winner, you will be first contacted via the social media account you used to enter and then we will ask you for further personal information such as a mailing address so we can send you the prize. Once you have confirmed you have received your prize or after 3 months has passed whichever is first, this information will be deleted.

By entering the giveaways you are giving Under the Covers Book Blog or when applicable the third party consent to contact you only as described above.

We collect your personal information on your consent and it will be used solely for the purposes of the giveaway. Your information will never be sold, rented or shared with any other third party.  The service we use to collect your personal details once you’ve won a giveaway is through our account with Notion.  You can see their Privacy Policy here.

If you wish to have your details deleted before the time frame stated above, please contact us at [email protected] with the subject line: Delete Giveaway Data.

Affiliate links

When clicking on affiliate links (book recommendations, for example) this will redirect you off Under the Covers Book Blog to a vendor – for example  Amazon.comiBooks. If you purchase a product from the vendor, this will result in Under the Covers Book Blog getting a small commission with any of those vendors or Reward Style LTK. We occasionally also have sponsored content or specific promotions we participate in to promote products and/or services that we believe in and that would be of interest to our audience. In all of these cases, this is clearly marked at the beginning of the post, so you are aware that when you click on a product and make a purchase, we will receive a small commission.

All purchases are anonymous and although we can view what has been purchased in a given time period, we cannot see who purchased it, nor do we store this information on our servers. The vendor keeps all the data and all personal details anonymous from Under the Covers Book Blog.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Cookies

I’m talking internet cookies, not the delicious chocolatey kind. Instead:

A web cookie is a piece of data sent from a website and stored by the user’s web browser whilst the user is browsing.
(from Wikipedia)

Under the Covers Book Blog uses cookies to operate the website. Cookies are used to track how much and where traffic on Under the Covers Book Blog is directed.

This information is used to improve our content so we can offer more of our more popular features to our users. The cookies used do not collect information which would enable Under the Covers Book Blog to personally identify the user.

When you first come to Under the Covers Book Blog, you’ll see a banner at the bottom of the screen for our cookie policy and you’ll be able to accept or decline cookies. Please be aware if you decline, some services may not work correctly. You also have the ability to delete any cookies present in your computer using your browser settings.

Community

When you join our community, you’ll create an account through our community platform on Heartbeat. You can read their full Privacy Policy here. When you join the community, you will be added to our newsletter to ensure you receive all the latest information and news of the going’s on in the community. And you can also opt in to receive a weekly email roundup with the week’s post inside the community so you never miss a beat.

Heartbeat gives you the option to login to our community from a web browser or from the Heartbeat app. You can choose which is more convenient. The Heartbeat privacy policy applies in both cases.

FTC

In accordance with the current FTC disclosure rules for bloggers and reviewers, the books you see reviewed on our channels/blogs are either purchased by us or are obtained through NetGalley, Edelweiss, or directly from the author or publisher in some other form in an exchange for an honest review.  This will be clearly stated on the review when we’ve received a free copy for review.

Copyright

All the content displayed on this site is copyright of Under the Covers Book Blog unless otherwise noted. So please don’t take them and claim them as your own. The graphics on our site are created by Under the Covers Book Blog unless otherwise stated.

All our Romanceopoly board graphics have been purchased with a commercial license for use. Icons for each street used on the board as well as our trackers have been downloaded and used with a commercial license from Flaticon and some other elements come from a paid subscription to Canva.

Any images and/or fonts used in the designs of the products we sell on our shop have also been procured through a commercial license.

Images appearing on the site (which haven’t been photographed by us) have been paid for through stock sites and/or are used with expressed permission from owner. We do not hold any copyright to any images unless otherwise noted.   Book covers are used with permission for promotional purposes without editing the content of the covers.

If there is an image appearing on this site that belongs to you and you do not wish for it to appear on Under the Covers Book Blog, please email us at [email protected] with the subject line: Take Down Images and we will take it down immediately.

If you have any questions about any of the above policy or have any concerns regarding your personal data please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

*Last updated December 18 2023