Originally Posted by Steven Lyle Jordan
If we can accept loud-mouthed hucksters, diva supermodels, badly-behaving rock stars, media-saturating entertainment conglomerates, actor scandals and wardrobe malfunctions, why not this?
Who's this we?
If I found out that a magazine we subscribe to was accepting payments for reviews, or favoring advertisers, this would drastically reduce the chances I would renew.
As for Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, I know that a lot of excellent reviewers work with them. And I can see the practicality, for an acquisitions librarian who has to make multiple daily buying decisions, to have sources of brief reviews. But, personally, I ignore them.