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Old 06-18-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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does it lessen the impact of a review?

Is the impact lessened (for you as author as well as for you as reader) if a glowing review is from someone you gave the book to specifically for review, as opposed to them having purchased it?
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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Is the impact lessened (for you as author as well as for you as reader) if a glowing review is from someone you gave the book to specifically for review, as opposed to them having purchased it?
As long as the person is not a relative or close friend (and of course made that apparent in their review), I personally do not think so.
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Not to me. Books are not so expensive that a free book should induce a severely biased review. Video games cost much more yet many major review sites get free advance copies.

Now, if you gave me a car my review of it might have a bit too much confirmation bias.

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:58 PM   #4
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I don't think so. Besides, if I feel misled by a review I say so in my review!

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Old 06-20-2013, 09:51 PM   #5
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I think I would be more likely to suspect a glowing review from someone after having given them a free copy of a book I'd written. If they had bought the copy and given it that kind of review then I'd know better that they had really liked it I think.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:57 PM   #6
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I agree with crich 70. I wouldn't, however, dismiss a glowing review by someone who had been given the book to review. Like VydorScope, I would only dismiss a review if it came from someone close to the author.
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