Privacy Policy

Last Updated: May 27, 2018

TL;DR on the Privacy Policy: There are a few times in using this website that you are asked to provide information to me: when you comment, sign up for a newsletter/emails, complete a contact form that send to me via email, or enter a giveaway/sweepstakes. NEWSLETTERS: If you choose to subscribe to my emails, then I ask for your name and an email address. I don’t do anything with this information, except Mailchimp (my email service) stores it in a list. You can opt-out of these emails at anytime. I do not personally assign, transfer, sell, or provide anyone’s email address to a third party, nor do I sign anyone up for these emails on my own. This is a service you must sign up for on your own accord. COMMENTS: When you comment, you’re asked to provide your name, email address, and a website (the website part is optional). Sometimes, I see people provide fake information on this, which is fine because I don’t do anything with this information. The only reason I ask for this information is to make sure you’re not going to spam me. Please no spammers! CONTACT FORMS: I have contact forms in a couple places on my website. The information collected through these forms is information you may choose to provide to me. Again, I don’t do anything with this information, aside from read it. GIVEAWAYS: When I run giveaways on this website, I collect personal information that you provide so I can easily contact the giveaway winner. Often times, I will use Rafflecopter, which has its own set of Terms and Conditions that you must agree to in order to use their service. I am the only person who sees the information provided in Giveaways/Sweepstakes. Sometimes, a third party (i.e. publishers or public relations companies) will provide a Rafflecopter. In that case, this third party is responsible and not me. GOOGLE ANALYTICS: I do use Google Analytics, which tracks general data, practices, and uses, to help better serve you. It tracks things like the type of device you use, demographics, etc. None of that information is personal or identifiable to you.

That’s it in a nutshell. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me. I look forward to continue to bring you good deals, great books, and have fantastic thoughtful discussions with you.


I (“Reading Books Like a Boss, LLC”) care deeply about your privacy. I believe in transparency, and I’m committed to being upfront about my privacy practices, including how I treat your personal information. I know you care about your privacy too, so I provide settings that allow you to choose how certain information is used by Reading Books Like a Boss. This policy explains my privacy practices for readingbookslikeaboss.com (I’ll refer to readingbookslikeaboss.com as the “Site”) in connection with information that I collect through this Site, its Social Media Pages, HTML-formatted Email messages that I send to you, and any fillable forms contained on the Site, referred to collectively in this Privacy Policy as “Services” or singularly as “Service.”

I have established this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) to let you know the kinds of personal information I may gather during your use of this Site and its Services, why I gather your information, what I use your personal information for, when I might disclose your personal information, and how you can manage your personal information.

Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy apply only to information gathered online through my Services. It does not apply to information that you may submit to me offline or by companies or organizations to which I may link or who may link to me.

Modifications of These Terms:

By using my Services, you are accepting the practices described in my Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Services. I reserve the right to modify or amend the terms of my Privacy Policy from time to time without notice, but will note the date of any changes at the top of this page next to “Last Updated.” Your continued use of my Services following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes. If I intend to apply the modifications or amendments to this Privacy Policy retroactively or to personal information already in my possession, I will provide you with notice of the modifications or amendments.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or don’t see your concerns addressed here, you should contact us by email at readingbookslikeaboss@gmail.com.

What Information About Me Is Collected and Stored?

I collect, use or otherwise process personal information as allowed under applicable law, including where based on one or more of the following:

  • The consent you provide to me at the point of collection of your personal information;
  • The performance of the contract I have with you;
  • The compliance of a legal obligation to which I am subject; or
  • The legitimate interests of Reading Books Like a Boss, a third party, or yourself. “Legitimate interest” is a technical term under the regulation. It means that there are good reasons for the processing of your personal information and measures are taken to minimize the impact on your privacy rights and interests. “Legitimate interest” also references my use of your data in ways you would reasonably expect and that have a minimal privacy impact. I have a legitimate interest in collecting and processing personal information, for example: (1) to ensure that my networks and information are secure; (2) to administer and generally conduct business within Reading Books Like a Boss; and (3) to prevent fraud.

I collect two basic types of information from you in conjunction with your use of the Services: personal information and non-personal information. Personal information is information that you may supply to me, as described more fully below, i.e., when you register on the Services, upload content, or provide your e-mail address. Personal information is any information that can individually identify you and includes, among other things, your name, e-mail address, telephone number, postal address, and contact information. Non-personal information includes information that does not personally identify you, but it may include tracking and usage information about your location, demographics, use of the Services and the Internet.

Personal Information

As a general matter, you can browse the Services without submitting your personal information to me. However, there are a number of circumstances in which you may supply me with your personal information. The following lists the most common ways in which I may collect your personal information.

  • Registration for an account on the Services;
  • Profile information that You provide for Your user profile;
  • Sign up to receive alerts, deals, offers or other information via email from Reading Books Like a Boss;
  • Service related communications, e.g. account verification; technical notification;
  • Participation in comment threads;
  • Submission of content or other data and information on any part of the Services that permits it;
  • Any other place on the Services where you knowingly volunteer personal information;

Non-Personal Information

In addition, when you interact with the Service, I may collect certain information that does not identify you individually and my servers may automatically keep an activity log of your use of my Service (“Non-Personal Information”). Generally, I collect and store the following categories of Non-Personal Information:

  • Non-identifiable demographic data such as age, and gender as part of collecting personal information
  • Device information about your computer, browser, mobile device, or other device that you use to access the Services. This information may include IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information.
  • Analytics and usage information about your use of the Services.
  • Additional “traffic data” and log files such as time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, and referring website addresses.
  • Other information regarding your use of the Services.

Collection of Your Source IP Address

Your “IP Address” is a number that is automatically assigned to the computer that you are using by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). An IP Address is identified and logged automatically in my server log files whenever a user visits the Site, along with the time of the visit and the page(s) that were visited. Collecting IP Addresses is standard practice on the Internet and is done automatically by many websites. I use IP Addresses for purposes such as calculating Site usage levels, helping diagnose server problems, and administering the Site.

Collection of Personal Information From or Through Social Media Sites or Using Your Social Media Login

When you interact with any Reading Books Like a Boss page or account on a social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Reddit, Instagram, or Pinterest, I may collect the personal information that you make available to me on that page or account including your account ID or “handle.” However, I will comply with the privacy policies of the corresponding social media platform and I will only collect and store such personal information that I am permitted to collect by these social media platforms.

Collection of Personal and Non-Personal Information From Other Sources

I also may collect and store information about you that I receive from other sources (including by me from my offline interactions with you) to, among other things, enable us to update and correct the information contained in my database and to better customize your experience on the Services.

Through Your Browser Or Device

Certain information is collected by most browsers or automatically through your device, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution, operating system name and version, device manufacturer and model, language, Internet browser type and version and the name and version of the Services you are using. I use this information to help ensure that the Services function properly.

Use of Cookies, HTML5 LocalStorage, and Unique URLs

Like many websites, I use “cookies”, which are small text files that are stored on your computer or equipment and HTML5 LocalStorage, which allows a website to store and retrieve data on your computer and equipment, when you visit certain online pages that record your preferences and actions. I may also use cookies and local storage to monitor traffic, improve the Site and make it easier and/or relevant for your use. I use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies. I use cookies and local storage for the other purposes set out below:

  • I use cookies and/or local storage to remind me who you are and to find your account information in my database when you access a service so you do not need to log in at every visit. This helps us to provide you with service tailored to your specific needs and interests. A cookie or other technology is created when you visit the site.
  • I use cookies and/or local storage to determine the browser you use so the site can be designed to work properly with the most common versions of different browsers.
  • Advertisers that place ads on the Site may use cookies and/or local storage.
  • I use cookies and/or local storage to estimate my audience size. Your browser is given a unique cookie or other technology that helps us determine whether yours is a repeat visit or a first visit.
  • I use cookies and/or local storage to help personalize the Services for you.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies through your browser. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you prefer, you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you delete your cookies or if you set your web browser to decline cookies, some features of the Site may not work or may not work as designed. For more information on cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information provided by the Interactive Advertising Bureau at www.allaboutcookies.org.

I also use unique website URLs to track your use of the Services and how you share information you find on the Services. I may link this information with your email address. I use this information to help us improve the Services and the type of content I make available on the Services.

I use Google Analytics, which uses cookies and similar technologies to collect and analyze information about use of the Site and report on activities and trends. This service may also collect information regarding the use of other websites, apps and online resources. You can learn about Google’s practices by going visiting here and opt out of them by downloading the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, available here.

Is Personal Information Collected From Children?

Reading Books Like a Boss does not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under 16 years of age. If you are under 16 years of age you should not provide personally identifiable information to Reading Books Like a Boss without providing us with consent from your parents. If Reading Books Like a Boss discovers that a child under the age of 16 has provided Reading Books Like a Boss with personally identifiable information and I do not have parental consent, Reading Books Like a Boss will immediately delete that child’s information from the Services.

How Do I Use Your Information?

I use the information I learn from you to help me personalize and continually improve your experience on the Services. I may use your Personal and Non-Personal Information in the following ways:

General Uses

  • Send you newsletters and emails;
  • Provide you with content and services you requested;
  • Communicate with you about changes to my policies;
  • Communicate with you about your comments on the Site;
  • Communicate with you about third party deals and offers;
  • Personalize content and experiences on my Services, including providing you reports, recommendations and feedback based on your preferences;
  • Optimize or improve my products, services and operations;
  • Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate my policies or be illegal
  • Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Service

Use of Your Location Information

Specifically, I use your location information to:

  • Optimize or improve my products, services and operations
  • Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate my policies or be illegal
  • Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Service

Combination of Your Personal Information

I may use the information from one portion of the Sites or in reports and analysis, all of which are owned and operated by Reading Books Like a Boss, and I may combine information gathered from multiple portions of the Site into a single customer record or analysis or report.

Aggregating and/or Anonymizing Personal Information. 

I may aggregate and/or anonymize personal information so that it will no longer be considered personally identifying. I do so to generate other data for my use, which I may use and disclose for any purpose.

Allowing You to Participate in Sweepstakes, Contests or Other Promotions. 

Reading Books Like a Boss may offer you the opportunity to participate in a sweepstakes, contest or other promotions. Some of these promotions have additional rules containing information about how I will use and disclose your personal information. I use this information to manage my relationship with you.

Reading Books Like a Boss E-mail Communications

E-mail communications sent from Reading Books Like a Boss are designed to make your Reading Books Like a Boss experience more efficient or to provide you with information, offers, and deals that I think may be relevant. By participating in the Services, you specifically agree to accept and consent to receiving e-mail communications initiated from Reading Books Like a Boss. If you do not wish to receive any of my e-mail communications, please do not use the Services.

Do Not Track Signals

Some web browsers have settings that include “do not track signals.”  The Services are not currently engineered to respond to those signals.

Who Do I Provide Your Information To?

Except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy, I do not disclose information about your personal information collected online to any companies not part of Reading Books Like a Boss. In no event will I sell or rent your personal information as part of a customer list or similar transaction.

Emergency Situations

I may also use or disclose personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the Service; (b) protect and defend my rights or property, the Service or my users, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of us, my affiliates, agents, or the users of the Service or the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection.

What Steps Are Taken To Keep Personal Information Secure?

I am concerned about ensuring the security of your personal information. I exercise care in providing secure transmission of your information from your device to my servers. Personal information collected by my Services are stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. My security procedures mean that I may occasionally request proof of identity before I disclose your personal information to you. Please understand, however, that while I try my best to safeguard your personal information once I receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.

How Long Do I Keep Your Information?

I will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required or allowed by law.

The criteria used to determine my retention periods include:

  • The length of time I have an ongoing relationship with you and provide the Services to you (for example, for as long as you participate in a promotion/giveaway with me or keep using my Services);
  • Whether there is a legal obligation to which I am subject (for example, certain laws require me to keep records of your transactions for a certain period of time before I can delete them); or
  • Whether retention is advisable in light of my legal position (such as in regard to applicable statutes of limitations, litigation or regulatory investigations).

How you can access, change, or delete your personal information

If applicable and you would like to review, correct, update, or delete the personal information that you have provided via the Site, please contact me as specified below in the CONTACTING ME section. I will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.

Third Party Services

This Privacy Policy does not address, and I am not responsible for, the privacy, information or other practices of any third parties, including any third party operating any site or service to which the Services link.  The inclusion of a link on the Services does not imply endorsement of the linked site or service by us or by my affiliates.

In addition, I am not responsible for the information collection, use, disclosure or security policies or practices of other organizations, such as Facebook, Apple, Disqus, Google, Microsoft, RIM or any other app developer, app provider, social media platform provider, operating system provider, wireless service provider or device manufacturer, including with respect to any Personal Information you disclose to them in connection with the Services.

Social Media Widgets

This Site may include Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets, such as the Share this button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on my Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

Single Sign-On

You may be able to log in to my site using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect, an Open ID provider, or another provider. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personal information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. Services like Facebook Connect give you the option to post information about your activities on this Site to your profile page to share with others within your network.

Sensitive Information

Unless I specifically request or invite it, I ask that you not send me, and you not disclose, any sensitive personal information (e.g., information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, criminal background or trade union membership) on or through the Site or otherwise to me. In those cases where I may request or invite you to provide sensitive information, I will do so with your express consent.

Changes to This Policy

I may update this Privacy Policy from time to time.  The “Last Updated” listed at the top of this page indicates when this Privacy Policy was last revised.  Any changes will become effective when I post the revised Privacy Policy on the Services.  Your use of the Services following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Policy.

Contacting Me

You may always opt-out of receiving future e-mail messages and newsletters from Reading Books Like a Boss. To opt-out, you can send me a message here. Please note, however, that you generally cannot opt-out of Service related announcements, e.g. if the Service is temporarily suspended or if delivery of a product or service is delayed.

Affiliate Disclosures

In Plain English

  • I am a member of the iTunes Affiliate Program, rewardStyle Affiliate Program, and the Amazon US, Amazon CA, and Amazon UK Associates Programs. You will see affiliate links for those sites on my blog. I earn a small commission off of those links. Profits earned from those links go towards supporting Reading Books Like a Boss and future giveaways. Thank you for supporting my blog!
  • I will only choose to promote products that I have personally used or that I feel will be relevant, interesting, or beneficial to my readers.
  • The content of my blog is a source of income for me and therefore may be used to promote products, services, or other businesses.
  • I use affiliate links and links embedded in banners and photos across my website. While I always try to make it as clear as possible, it is possible that when you click a link, banner, or photo on the site, I may get a small commission.
  • I will always give my genuine and honest opinion about a product.
  • I appreciate my readers and make it my goal to be up front and honest.

Reading Books Like a Boss has never and will never accept payment in exchange for posts, reviews, or recommendations. Any advertisements are clearly marked as such.

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