Monday, June 2, 2014

Let’s Review – Goodreads or Point of Purchase?

I've been somewhat of a slacker recently on Goodreads, actually with reviews in general. I used to write reviews for books whether or not I liked them, but that took a lot of time. So I started only writing reviews for the books I loved. Then after hearing about the rise of fake reviews, I stopped reviewing all together.

But the thing is – fake review or real – I read reviews before I buy a book. And having my own book out there makes me realize how important it is to have those reviews from real readers. (I'm so grateful to every person that has ever written a review of my book, even if it wasn't a glowing review. I just appreciate their time first in reading, and second in writing the review.) So the question remains: how do you get legitimate reviews for a book without begging, bribing or otherwise paying for them? And where do people look for reviews? Goodreads? Amazon? Barnes & Noble? Or old-fashioned word of mouth?

 I love reading the reviews that come through my Goodreads feed, telling me what books my friends have read. (And if we aren't already friends over there, send me a friend request!) I have definitely read someone's review and then gone online to buy the book. But otherwise, I tend to just look at the reviews at whatever online portal I'm buying the book from.

What about you? Do you generally review books that you read? How much do reader reviews inform your purchases? And where do you go to find reviews?

And speaking of Goodreads, author friend Dawn Malone is giving away 10 copies of her new novel, Bingo Summer. Pop on over to enter for your chance to win!

3 comments:

SA Larsenッ said...

I've struggled with this topic, myself. I originally started my site as a journal of my writing/motherhood travels. Slowly, the site morphed into an aid for writers, which is totally cool. One major aid was supplying reviews when requested. With the passing of time, I've had to become much more selective with what I agree to read/review. Basically, I don't do it that much anymore, unless requested by a publisher or close writer friend. I've pondered not reviewing anymore, but felt - because I take reviewing seriously - the value of it outweighed all the junk reviews circulating the industry, right now.

Sherrie Petersen said...

Your site is a GREAT resource for writers. I'm glad you still do your reviews, and all that you do on your site :)

Rosi said...

I know how important this is. I write a LOT of reviews for the San Francisco Book Review and on my blog. My problem is I don't have enough time to read! If I could just get to all the books I want to get to...

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