I think they have value because it would let people know more about a book before they buy it.
as a book reviewer I must agree with flashmakeit , as a reader I must say I really think it is informative but I barely read them for personal reasons I rather just read the book and figure out for myself rather I like the book or not.
I've written a few of them, and generally find that they don't generate a lot of interest as compared to some of the other Hubs I've published. The more popular or current the book is, though, the more views you will likely get.
I enjoy reading book reviews especially when I am unsure about whether I want to buy it myself. I even write book reviews here on hubpages. But Georgie is right about the more current and popular the book, the more views I've gotten at least for the most part.
I think book reviews are good as long as they provide meaningful analysis, as opposed to the reviewer's critical opinion. If one does not like the book they are reviewing, there are ways to make that clear without outright saying it. No one should care what anyone else thinks about a book. People read reviews to get a thorough understanding of the subject to see if it would be something they might enjoy reading.
Like Georgie Lowery said; book reviews don't bring in a lot of traffic, in general. When I first came here, I published a bunch of them, but I quickly realized that every book has a slew of reviews handily available on websites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. So, it seems unlikely that someone would seek out reviews beyond product pages. I do think they have a place here, but I think they need to be disguised. For example, my 'reviews' of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games generate more traffic because they focus on the popularity and controversy, which goes beyond a review into a more critical analysis of the book's impact. Essentially it all boils down to giving the reader something they can't read anywhere else.
I've written a number of reviews here. The authors and their fans of new book releases are valuable readers to you. Writing reviews on most anything will draw some sort of interest. I was on a roll for awhile on writing classic television reviews. You will be amazed by the interest still yet taken in these old shows.
by texasdaye 3 years ago
Do you just write book reviews about any book you enjoy, to let people know about that book?For instance, I just read a really great fictional series, should I write individual reviews to inspire others to read these?
by Autumn Renee 5 years ago
Does anybody look at book reviews before reading? I might write some.
by lilibees 7 years ago
Can I write a Hub on a book review even if I felt negatively about it?
by John Coviello 6 years ago
What do you think of book reviews in which the reviewer gives away the book plot?Does anyone else find it annoying when you go to Amazon or some other place on the Internet to see book reviews, and you find reviews that rehash the story plot? For one, it seems unecessary. We can get the...
by Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago
What is the best place to get book pictures to use in book reviews. I have used scans but now wonder
by Kristen Howe 3 years ago
Can you combine two book reviews into one hub?When I write book reviews, it's normally 100-400 words on my book review blog. But to do one over here at 700 or more, that's going to be even harder. Are you allowed to do two reviews in one hub post? Or how do you do a big book review over...
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