Whether you write them, read them, or — yes — BUY them, how do you determine the value of book reviews?

Well, there’s a debate raging right now about the “worth” of short-form literary criticism and book reviews.

Here are 6 articles that you should set aside some time to read. (Prepare to experience both hope and horror!)

 1. The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy

2. The Case for Positive Book Reviews

3. Against Reviews

4. The Book Review is Dead

5. Is This Book Bad or Is It Just Me? – The Anatomy of Book Reviews

6. How to Be a Critic

Do you need book reviews for your book? Check out these resources for where to go to get your book reviewed.

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What do you think of book reviews nowadays? What sources do you trust? Have you ever paid to have your work reviewed? Let us know in the comments section below.
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is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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