Monday, January 24, 2011
Rant number 1. This is might be a sensitive issue, but I've seen people sell ARCs on the net. I personally think it's disrespectful. Publisher gave you ARCs as an exchange for honest review, not for you to gain personal profit. You get to read the book before other people for free! What can be more fun than that for us book lovers? Yet you still trying to gain profit from it. Swap it with other ARCs or put it as giveaway prize are much better than selling it.
Rant number 2. Sometimes I post my review on Goodreads and Amazon, and though I know that my reviews aren't perfect - lots of grammatical errors - it still annoyed me when I saw someone commenting this on one of my review: I'm going to assume that the reviewer's first language is not English. That being said - I found it difficult to think of this as a review rather than a poorly written and thought out commentary. Now, if the person who comment is an excellent reviewer who wrote detailed and comprehensive reviews, I would humbly bow down to her. But when I check her reviews, I can't help but feeling irritated. Her reviews only consist of 2-3 sentences stating she likes the book and that's it. Mam, if you want to speak bad about others please look at yourself first. As I browse to her reviews, it seems to me the reason she comment that way (beside of course my grammatical errors) was because I gave 2 stars for the book and she wanted to make my review unreliable by pointing out my errors. Whether that is true or not, I would never know.
So, I wonder what do you think about these issues? Do you agree or disagree with those who sell ARCs? Do you think grammatical errors on a review mean the review isn't reliable? I know it's harder to understand, but would you ditch a review simply because of the grammatical errors?