My take on a reviewer's rights and responsibilities...

Reblogged from The Surly Dragon:

Reviewer’s Rights

  1.  The right to express my opinion on a book I have read, read at least 25% of the book, or at least have read the sample provided by Amazon, B&N, etc.
  2. The right to leave only a star rating with no explanation.
  3. The right to point out that it is not my job to help a person become a better writer.
  4. The right to point out that I owe an author absolutely nothing.
  5. The right to leave a positive OR a negative review on the book I have read.
  6. The right not to leave a detailed explanation of my opinion on the book I have read.
  7. The right to ignore any author who attempts to bully me because of my review or argue with me because they disagree with my review.
  8. The right to choose to defend my review.
  9. The right to not read and review any author whose social media antics are immature or repulsive.
  10. The right to post my review to any or any number or forums I so choose.


Reviewer’s Responsibilities

  1.  Not to review or rate a book I have not read completely, or read 25% of the book, or have not at least read the sample provided by Amazon, B&N, etc.
  2. Not to engage in arguments with authors or other reviewers who are clearly off their hinges.
  3. Not to review an author in review… review their book.  Any reviewing of an author should take the form of simply not giving them time of day or money by purchasing and reading their work.
  4. Do not sugarcoat your review or inflate it to pander to an author or other reviewers.
  5. Acknowledge the fact that my responsibilities are to other readers and their wallets- not the author.
  6. When reading, drop all thoughts you may have on the author.  Don’t let it cloud your perceptions.
  7. Don’t be a jerk or a bully, but understand that a negative review does not mean you are being a jerk or a bully.
  8. Above all, be honest in your review.