Tuesday, December 19, 2006


This was posted to a mailing list I'm on (I'm leaving out the URLS):

"Write Online Book Reviews

We need 5 reviewers for 3 of our newly released titles.
We ask that you write a 1-3 Paragraph review with a 5
star rating (5 being best) of each of the 3 books. We
will then ask that you forward the reviews over to us so
that we can look over them before you post them on
Amazon.com and Barns and Noble.com. Most of our reviewers
are paid from $5- to $10 per review or $15.00 to $30.00
per 3 review book set. Unfortunately, Amazon has recently
instituted a new procedure whereby you can only review
books if you have an account that you have used to
purchase books / products from them before, so in order
to bid you must have an account with Amazon that you have
used to purchased books with them from before. You are
bidding on writing 5 reviews and posting them to
Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and lulu.com Long term

Well. Really, what is there to say? The problems inherent in online reviews have been apparent for a long time. Caveat lector.

No, I have to say more. This really does make me feel sick. I hate the necessity for cynicism about something that I love participating in, something that can be so vital and true and is so integral to the spirit of freely sharing information that is the best part of the Internet. I feel like I've been spat on, and that's the polite phrase for it.


Blogger Liz B bligged...

That's just wrong.

It's one thing to get ARCs and review copies; those are no strings attached.

And to get money in a legit way, say from the publication you are reviewing for, such a paper or magazine? That is awesome.

But to have the writer/publisher/publicist pay for a review and tell you what to say ... that's just every type of wrong.

12/19/2006 6:43 PM  
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