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Once upon a time, reviews were written by book-industry professionals and newspaper columnists, and many bought books based on such recommendations.  Well-known authors’ opinions still carry weight both in the publishing industry and among readers.  But with the digital age and online retail sites has come a new source of reviews:  readers.

In fact, online retailers put great stock in the number of reviews―whether positive or negative―that a book receives from people who bought it.  Placement of a title in the viewer lineup is affected by these numbers, and therefore sales of books increases because readers are more likely to see a book advertised.  This especially impacts authors who have not become a household name (yet).

So, whatever you think of a book, please post a review with your retailer or with a site such as BookBub or GoodReads.  Or even on your own blog, if you have one.  You’ll be helping not only authors but other readers, as well, because they’ll have a chance to find and read the same selections you enjoyed.

Have you posted a review lately?

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  1. Sandra Jarvis

    Haven’t posted one in a long time.

    1. Allison

      Online retailers now make it easier for readers to make a comment or indicate the number of stars they give to a book. For print books, I make a recommendation on BookBub now.

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