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on Aug. 06, 2012 :
A fantastic resource for all bibliophiles looking to develop a presence in the global book- lovers community. This book does a great job in expressing the increased need for more book reviewers in the age of mass content, as well as assuring the reader that reviewing books is not only for professionals. Readers are given a crash course in what a review is, how to identify an appropriate genre, what things to look for when starting to review a book and suggested approaches to take depending on the type of book, and the difference between descriptive and critical reviews. Guidelines are provided for both the organization of a review and the process by which one should go about writing one. Suggestions are given for how to utilize a rating system, and also what to do in the uncomfortable situation of reviewing a book that the reader did not enjoy.
A significant portion of the book focuses on the development of a book review blog, including creating a web page, making it interesting, gathering regular followers, and keeping them. The authors take care to point out legalities, such as the use of images, of which the average reader may not be aware. Links to many useful resources are included throughout the guide, and insight is given into how to obtain free books to review. Finally the book explains several routes by which a book reviewing blog can actually generate income for the reviewer. All together this book is an interesting read and a treasure trove of resources for a book lover looking to start reviewing books for fun and profit.
(reviewed the day of purchase)