Some excellent guidelines for reviewing books. I don’t agree with letting the author decide whether or not I publish a bad review. It is not my job to be the author’s cheerleader but to describe as best I can what I did and didn’t like. If I hated a book then my readers as well as the author deserve to know why! However I would agree that it is necessary to do so without being mean or tearing down the author. The purpose of a book review is to be helpful to readers in deciding whether or not to read a book.
Everyone has their own way of doing a book review and in a way that is how it should be. Always remember a book review is an opinion. That being said and out of the way, I do think there needs to be some common considerations taken.
I don’t believe published book reviews on volunteer sites should:
- Be for tearing down an author and that author’s work.
- Nor do I think a poorly written book should be praised.
- And being paid for a review just doesn’t cut it, unless you work for a site that has ads and also gets paid for the service of book reviewing like major newspapers or magazines. But that’s a job, not a volunteer thing. And even then, honesty is the best policy. For most of us, receiving a good book to review is a nice perk of book reviewing.
Poorly Written Books
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