Thursday, November 20, 2008

Booking Through Thursday Thirteen - 1st Edition

bttToday's BTT question is:

I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.

Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?

I've answered using Thursday Thirteen's meme below. This is fun! =)

Thirteen Things about Betty and Honesty in Reviewing Books:

1. I have reviewed free copies of books, CDs, DVDs, and graphic novels from authors and publicists.

2. I used to feel obligated to give them good reviews.

3. Some I disliked so much that my conscience won't let me give glowing reviews.

4. My conscience also won't let me tear them to shreds.

5. So I give them the most honest and constructive reviews I can, so that the review will help the author/musician/producer to improve their work too.

6. I point out bad things as gently and clearly as I can.

7. I also make sure to highlight the good things.

8. When I first started reviewing, I tore a book I didn't like to shreds.

9. And was promptly flamed for it by fans of the book.

10. It was scary!

11. I learned my lesson and do my best not to give such scathing, unhelpful reviews.

12. I think the important thing is to give helpful reviews, no matter your feeling about the review material.

13. I once reviewed Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist, which was then featured on his blog!

That's all this week! =)

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