Though this discussion will concentrate upon the writing of book reviews, many of the principles will apply equally to the writing of reviews for other products.
Who reviews are for and what readers would like to gain from them has been previously discussed in Reviews – What Wanted? This discussion is intended to enlarge upon the theme, especially with regard to the elements of a review.
It must be acknowledged, for many, particularly those not accustomed to writing, preparing a review may prove a daunting prospect. Some may also find the degree of responsibility that comes with writing a review (to get the facts right and to represent the work fairly) uncomfortable.
There are three parts to this discussion: Why some readers do not write reviews; What a review should include; The presentation of a review.
Why do readers NOT write a review?
Prior to considering the possible…
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