I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.
Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?
Well, of course this question would come up this week! And here I thought I could easily avoid the controversy! (Which started here and continued here... and then ended up in too many places for me to link to.... just in case you missed it all.)
What I think: Reviewers should NOT be obligated to give a book a positive review. They DO need to be honest with how they felt about it. However, they DO need to be nice and not scathingly obnoxious about what they didn't like. They DO need to respect the author. However, authors should respect the reviewer too. And most importantly they, the authors, should remember that any publicity is good publicity. (Bad behavior and mean remarks, on either side, is NOT good publicity, however.)
So far, I for one, don't have this problem with being specifically asked to review a book. I can count on one had the books authors have sent me. And I won't be going out my way to solicit them either. I can't. I have to read the books I WANT to read and not be obligated to read review books that I may or may not be interested in. One every now and then is fun though. And let's hope that when I do do it, I like the book and I won't have to deal with this issue at all! :)