For book/ebook authors, publishers, & self-publishers
I recently posted the first 21 chapters of my second book on authonomy.com. So far, I have had a good experience on the site. People seem kind and encouraging for the most part and a few of them have given really constructive criticism, which is what I was hoping for.
For those who aren't familiar with the site, authonomy is part of Harper Collins publishing, and the idea is authors post their books or their partially finished manuscripts there and other authors read, critique, and follow or bookshelf your work. Each month, the most popular books are placed on the editors desk for review by the good people at HarperCollins.
It seems like an author who was really committed to reaching that editor's desk could do so if they spent a great deal of time reading other people's books and tirelessly promoting their own. I have heard one of the top-rated people spends three hours a day working on the site, reading, commenting, etc...
I don't think my book is really one they are looking for but even if it was, I don't have three hours a day to promote it. If I do find that kind of time, I think it might be better to spend it working on my other books or websites, etc...however, if you have the kind of book HC publishes, then this may be a good way to get it read.