"I certainly never write a review about a book I don't think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it's an enormously fashionable bad book." --
says, John Gardner in Conversations with John Gardner
Quoted from 'Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations'     Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p.150. Available @ Amazon.com

Sunday, February 17, 2013

How to Review a Book

A review is basically both a description and a critical evaluation of a book. It should focus on the  purpose (audience)  scope( coverage & /or limitations, i.e. what it does not cover), contents (and context), authority (author and publisher), critical evaluationn (strength, weekness) and value (commend or don't commend).

For Further Reading:

  • Queen's UniversityHow to Write Book Reviews
  • AcqWeb
  • Bookwire:This book industry website provides links to several major review publications, including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Book Report (from AOL), the Boston Book Review, and others.
  • Booklist: Published by the American Library Assocaiation, Booklist is a great source for brief reviews of current publications. Reviews from 1995 to the present available on the site, indexed by date, author, and genre
  • How to Write a Book Review - Los Angeles Valley College
  • How to Review a Book
  • How to Write a History Book Review | Department of History, The University of Iowa
  • How To Find A Book Review
  • How to Write a Critical Book Review

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