The Politics of Publishing

John_D(USDA 8b WA)February 14, 2004

Interesting New York Times story. I'm happy to say that my books have gotten five star reviews from Amazon.com (and others), without me or my friends writing the reviews.

Here is a link that might be useful: Oh what wicked webs we weave

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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

Stuffing this one into the waste basket.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2004 at 1:14AM
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eddie_ga_7a(8)

John, Would it be possible to post the story and reviews here? I'd like to see them.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2004 at 9:39AM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

Eddie:
I can't. It's a copyrighted story and Spike frowns on that. I'll se if I can email it to you.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2004 at 1:07PM
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eddie_ga_7a(8)

John. I got the article and read every word of it. It was very interesting but is a world I haven't ventured into yet - the Amazon reviews. I suppose it is to be expected that given the privilege of critiquing someone elses work pettiness will come into play if one can be anonymous. Glad you haven't been subject to any of that.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2004 at 1:37PM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

Glad you got it without a glitch. Yes, I've been lucky -- so far.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2004 at 1:53PM
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pinetree30(Sierra Westside)

I once posted a very critical review of a book on eastern trees on amazon.com, and gave it a low rating. I credited the author with competence in his subject, but found the book poorly organized, difficult to use, and very unattractive, with awful photos. The author actually emailed me saying that some favorable reviews he had received discredited my review. So you can get flak for honest reviews if they don't come out the way the author wants them too -- but that's part of the game, isn't it?

    Bookmark   February 18, 2004 at 2:30PM
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