Book Reviews in the Age of Amazon

Sunday Mar 27   01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (1 hour)
Deansgate 3
Literature Welcoming the Unwelcome
It has become a cliché to say that reviewing has changed in the digital era. In place of relatively few "gatekeeper" reviewers in relatively few venues, we have a commons where anyone can review if they choose – and where, increasingly, simple volume of reviews is a determinant of a book's success. In a world where reaching the magic number of 50 Amazon reviews can have a significant impact on an author's career, is reviewing moving from something that anyone can do to something that everyone should do, if they can? What are the implications of such a shift, for the nature of reviews, and for the relationships between readers, authors, and publishers? And who wants to be the party-pooper who brings a favourite author's star average down?

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