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|Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2004 - 09:39 am: |
I still feel that this leads to the potential for corruption. If a major publisher like HarperCollins or Random House is paying for reviews, best believe the majority of reviews will be positive in order to keep the money flowing.
I agree which is also what I meant getting free books as payment -- even in exchange for a favorable review, as well as, dibs on an advance copy of the author's next book release. I've seen how overwhelming favorable reviews has already tainted this issue, as I've also heard that many say that won't comment on a book that they deem as not good especially if they "know" the author. So, as you say, if money is thrown into the mix, then we've speeded up that express to hell -- with a hand basket full of books, no less. All of this reminds me of how record companies are paying radio stations to play their artists songs on the radio over and over and over and the hyping by the DJs. Then will claim, this was the most requested song of the day.
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