Honesty

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Suggested by JM:

I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.

Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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133 responses

  1. I had to tweak the question because I have a post all ready to go on this very question and I don’t want to repeat myself too much.

    http://trishsdiary.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/honesty-booking-through-thursday/

  2. Mine is up :)

    http://thesocialfrog.com/?p=487

    Check out my Book Giveaway while visiting my blog :)

  3. [...] Ah…I had kind of guessed this weeks BTT question. I have kept away from all that happened concerning a particular author last week, but I guess it’s time I give my valuable 2 cents Obviously, it goes without saying that any author should not expect a positive review. If your book is bad, it’s bad. Just get over it and try and write a better book. I think the best thing he could have done was to ignore it completely. All of us read so many reviews everyday that I doubt if anyone would have even remembered the name of the book or the author because of one negative review. Now everybody and will stay away from his books in the future. [...]

  4. YAY!! this is an excellent one! I posted about it last week too, I have come to some conclusions….Honesty is always primary, but politeness is a close second :)

    http://exlibrisbb.blogspot.com/2008/11/honesty-btt.html

    happy BTT!

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  7. http://www.itsaboutmakingbabies.com/2008/11/20/should-book-reviews-be-honest/

    I am not sure I ended with the same answer I started with. Thinking things through was an interesting experience.

  8. I answered a different question today that I didn’t get to do the week it was posted. It appears there is a world of reviewer bloggers out here that know about some incident that I know nothing about so I am glad I bypassed this question.

    Here is my link:

    http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2008/11/books-as-gifts.html

    *smiles*
    Kim

  9. Well, I think after recent events, we pretty much knew this question was coming – here’s my answer.

  10. Hopefully, this will link for me, today!

    http://mosmind.blogspot.com/2008/11/polite-dissonance-btt.html

    Have a great weekend, everyone…

  11. Here is my response:

    http://kbr44.blogspot.com/2008/11/booking-through-thursday.html

    off to see how everybody else responded to this.

  12. I’ve answered this week, here

    Happy Thursday, All!!

  13. Here is mine.

    Honesty

  14. In a nutshell, you need to be honest, but that is different from being unkind.

    http://unwrittenreads.blogspot.com/2008/11/booking-through-thursday.html

  15. Oh ho ho. I think we all might have been able to predict this question — but it is a good one.

    Here’s my take: http://shereadsbooks.org/2008/btt-honesty/

  16. Haha! What a timely topic. My thoughts on it are here

    PS- Is Google really slow today?

  17. Mine is here. This ones has only come so timely! Happy BTT everyone! :)

  18. Mine is here. This is a timely question. Happy BTT everyone! :)

  19. http://elizabethwillse.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/booking-through-thursday-the-honest-review/

    I’m up. This one has been on my mind, lately.
    Also, is there BTT next Thursday, or is it “Banned (Turkey Time)?”
    Sorry that was weak, I need coffee.

  20. Very thought provoking question!
    Mine can be foundHERE!

    Happy Thursday!

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  22. Ah, how topical! :) I went a little overboard with my response — but I think it’s (mostly) coherent!

    Mine is here:

    http://writemeg.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/booking-through-thursday-a-positive-spin/

  23. My thoughts on this issue here.

  24. I don’t expect any of us to disagree on this question, but here is mine.

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  27. This is a great question. I blogged about it here.

  28. My response is at http://kehinde.com/blog/?p=727 and I’m with you on not lying in a review.

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  30. My post is up. I look forward to reading all of yours.

  31. WOW! Lots of thought on this today. Here’s mine.

  32. Mine’s up! Interesting question this week.

    http://notenoughbooks.blogspot.com/

  33. Here’s mine this week. :)

  34. Here’s my answer to this week’s question. I believe in honesty–from the very beginning.

  35. I think that you should stick to being honest. Your job is to give your opinion. I think that reviewers should be polite, but honest.
    Actors shouldn’t threaten Eppert and Roper, Author’s should take book reviews for what they’re worth.
    *hugs*

  36. My reply is a little bit “outside the box.” I think reviewers should be honest, but I personally have no desire to read or write bad reviews. More detail:

    http://www.urbanhonking.com/sepiasalax/2008/11/bad_reviews.html

  37. what an appropriate question for what’s going on this week in the book blogging world! Here’s my answer:

    http://heatherlo.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/a-very-appropriate-btt/

  38. Here’s a little taste of my response: “So the burden is on the author. You put your book out there, and you are going to get feedback, good and bad.” Please come read the whole thing.

  39. Here’s my two cents:

    We Need More Shelves…

  40. I’m back on tracks after a few weeks off … and a bit late to post too but here it is : http://bibliodudolmen.canalblog.com/archives/2008/11/20/11449502.html

  41. Here’s my answer.

    That was an easy question. :-)

  42. I have no personal experience in this arena, but here are my thoughts:

    http://jens_page.blogspot.com/2008/11/only-positive.html

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  44. Oh lordy! As you can imagine, I have a couple mouthfuls to say on this topic:

    http://botheyes.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/booking-through-thursday-honesty/

  45. A day of travel makes today’s response even later than normal.

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  47. I think auto-trackbacks already found my link, but here it is again: Honesty.

    Also, I’m back! I’d taken my site down for several months, but now my life is more organized.

  48. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “’Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss: in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakeably meant for his ear.”
    It is important to us, the reader, the the review be an accurate view of what you, as a reviewer, get out of the book. We don’t want a white wash, we want you to be honest and perhaps even “stark”.

  49. [...] bad reviews, etc. (Much of this discussion seems to have disappeared from the internets?) Then yesterday’s Booking Through Thursday question, which was probably inspired by the same events, was: I receive a lot of review books, but I have [...]

  50. My post answering the question is up now.

    Better late than never.

    http://www.mytwoblessings.blogspot.com

    Robin

  51. mine are up!! sorry I’m late!

  52. Argh! Internet connection problems Thursday and now comment posting problems today!

    http://imemeit.blogspot.com/2008/11/booking-through-thursday-honesty.html

  53. Just wondering, if there will be a BTT question on Turkey Day…? :)

  54. I heard once that professional book reviewers should only do positive reviews. That’s not to say they should do a positive review for a book they don’t like – they can just not review it at all ;)

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