Is there a specific topic that the book deals with? Does it seem to have any overall purpose?
There is no differentiation between a review for a book or one for a three-person camping tent. So, what is the difference between a book review and a customer review? A book review often answers the question; does the book work for me? There is often a conclusion and a reading recommendation, but rarely a star rating.
You can, of course, find many reviews similar to this on Amazon and other online retailers. But a customer review is a can of worms Customer reviews can be, and often are, genuine book reviews written by passionate readers.
But not all readers react in this manner. Personal attacks, derogatory language and ridicule of positive reviews just to name a few. Unfortunately, online retailers, and especially Amazon are reluctant to remove these reviews.
I have tried to reason with Amazon, but it has always refused my requests to take down a comment unless it contains blatantly vulgar or racist language.
One of the worst sites for atrocious, vile, and even threatening book reviewer behaviour was Goodreads. I used the past tense intentionally because I gave up on this site years ago due the infamous Goodreads Trolls. It earned a well-deserved reputation for spiteful reviewers and also for hating authors, hating authors.
Goodreads may have improved site behaviour since Amazon acquired it, but I am not sure because I still have an aversion to even visiting the site. According to this article on The Writing Kingthings seemingly have not improved.
But, my author page is still on Goodreads. I leave it there for the decent people who use the site, but I do not interact or even bother to check anymore.
One simple way that I found to reduce the number of these ridiculous reviews and one-star ratings dramatically was to stop giving away free ebooks. It works on basic human psychology that when people buy a book, they usually read it because it cost them money.
Well, anyway, after I stopped using free Kindle ebook campaigns a couple of years ago, most of the one-star reviews stopped appearing. There is nothing much you can do about one-star reviews and especially ones written in spite. But if you are using free ebooks as part of your book promotion, and you start getting a run of them, perhaps consider stopping for a while to see if things improve.
It has helped a little I think. Oh, here we go again! I have been around long enough to have a very thick skin. But, unusually for me, one recent review really got right up my nose. To give you some background, I signed with an audiobook publisher a little while back. Two books have been published so far, and a third is in production.
On top of that, copies are selling. But … As part of the launch of a new title, my publisher has a sizable list of readers, well listeners in this case, who receive a free copy. It is a good strategy, and one that I now understand is commonly used with the release of new audiobooks on Audible.
However, these listeners need to add a disclaimer to their reviews stating that they received a free copy. When my first audiobook was released, the reviews were excellent.
Very balanced, with some great, some good and some not so good, but all with justification or expressions of personal taste.
But with my second audiobook, an attention seeker surfaced. Why even bother posting a review like this? Perhaps it was due to a misunderstanding that it was an obligation, or maybe it was attention seeking.Steps for Writing a Good Book Review Before you write: Know what a book review is A book review tells not only what a book is about, but also how successful it is at what it.
Book reviews are writings which give a description of a book of any genre, its analysis, and critical evaluation. You could analyze an autobiography, biography, fiction or nonfiction book, a business, scientific, or academic article or a writing which is dedicated to some medical, financial, technical, psychological, etc.
A review is a critical evaluation of a text, event, object, or phenomenon. Reviews can consider books, articles, entire genres or fields of literature, architecture, art, fashion, restaurants, policies, exhibitions, performances, and many other forms.
This handout will focus on book reviews. The contents of a book review can vary widely based on the audience, the genre, and where the review is published. However, there are a few basic elements that are applicable to most critical book reviews.
The core of any review is a personal opinion, new ideas and angles of perception: a good book review contains a strong thesis based on innovative and fresh vision and individual preferences.
The structure showing how to write a book review is rather simple. A book review that you might find on a reputable book reviewer’s blog or perhaps a book club site will cover all the basics at least.
In writing a review, he or she will give a balanced personal view of the strengths and weaknesses of the story.