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6 Must-Read Articles About Book Reviews

Whether you’re writing them, reading them, or—yes—BUYING them, how do you determine the value of a book review?

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

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

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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Chris Robley

About Chris Robley

Chris Robley has written 504 posts in this blog.

splits his time between the Portlands Oregon and Maine. Generally, he plays music on the West Coast and writes poems on the East — though sometimes that gets mixed up. 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, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, Pacifica Literary Review, Arsenic Lobster, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Contest for Emerging Poets.

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