not published reviews?
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These don't look like published reviews to me:
They look more like blurbs. I've googled a couple, and I can't find them published anywhere. Some are, however, on the back cover of the book. They appear to have been added to the published review section by the author/editor.
Thoughts on what to do with these?
If they are on the cover as distributed by the publisher, they should stand. If not, can the author show where these reviews were published? If they are published in a reputable source eslewhere let them stand; otherwise, I think they should be deleted.
My understanding is that LT is not supposed to be for self-promotion.
2 I don't think blurbs on the cover count as published reviews, though. Blurbs might sometimes be taken from published reviews, but more often they are solicited by the publisher for promotional purposes.
The "published reviews" feature is supposed to be for excerpts of reviews that have been published in media outlets, such as print journals, newspapers, magazines, or their online equivalents.
The original announcement post says 'It's a place to put all of those mainstream media book reviews.' The back of the book is hardly mainstream media.
The people who wrote the blurbs could be entered under blurbers.
Authors who push their books aggresively like this here usually find that it backfires. We can all see that it was the author who did it. BTW he also gave his own book 5 stars. Good sign that it is not a book I want to read.
I could have sworn that the last time this came up, blurbs included anywhere on the site while not mentioning that it was in fact a blurb from the work or even the back cover was a copyright violation and should be reported directly to staff. (ie Jeremy)
To me, blurbs on covers are a form of advertising, and don't seem like copyrightable material to bring suit for extensive damages. In addition, some books come out with multiple covers, but only have one copyright, so it seems to me it would be a mess for a nation's copyright office to keep up with all of this.
As for blubs counting as reviews, I would be for keeping them if the only information about a given book was the blurb posing as a review, I would want to see it kept. This is where the book has virtually no tags (or just something like 'non-fiction') and no real reviews.
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