Discussion: Who are Book Reviews For?

This is a great topic from a wonderful reviewer! I am interested in your comments too. What is your view on reviews, both as a reader and a writer? Also, sorry for the long time since my last posting! Stay tuned, very soon I will be posting the spotlight interview and review of Linda Rawlins–winner of Contest #2!! 🙂

The Mad Reviewer

One night as I travelled down the terrible depths of YouTube I came across several videos of authors ranting about reviewers and book reviews in general.  Later that same week I was given a link by a reader to a particularly incoherent rant that I won’t link to.  All of this vitriol and empty rhetoric really made me thing, though: who are book reviews for?

Well, my opinion is pretty simple:

1.  Book reviews are primarily for my own enjoyment because I like analyzing books but in general book reviews are targeted at readers.

2.  This is not to say that authors, publishers and/or editors can’t benefit from book reviews, but that those benefits aren’t intentional.

If you’re an author and expect an unpaid volunteer book reviewer like myself to write a 2000+ critique of your novel, you’re insane.  Hire yourself an editor if you need a critique that detailed. …

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