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Further to my previous post, Ben H. Winters weighs in regarding the online book review on HuffPost Ben H. Winters: Why I Give Everything Five Stars

The gist of his article:

The problem isn’t that “amateurs” are doing the reviewing: the opinions of regular old readers or playgoers or whoever can be just as valuable, and usually more passionate and interesting, than those of the jaded professionals. But in a world where Amazon sells everything from books to lightbulbs, then asks the consumer to rank his purchase from zero to five, I worry that we start to forget that a book is different than a box of lightbulbs — for the simple, cheesy reason that it emerged from the soul of a human being, and not from a light-bulb factory.

Do online reviews help or hurt authors?

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