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1Coruca
syyskuu 9, 2006, 11:02am

Currently all of my reviews appear outside LT, and I mostly link to the review by URL's to those sites. Is this good or would it be better to put the review in LT and have a pointer at the bottom where the review first appeared? I am of two minds on this: it is nice to promote the site that has the review, but I wonder if it is ignored because of having to leave LT to see it.

Comments?

2john257hopper
syyskuu 9, 2006, 11:39am

If I have to click on another link to read a review, I must admit I am much less likely to bother doing so. Sorry!

John

3BTRIPP
syyskuu 9, 2006, 12:11pm

I also use links to the LiveJournal where I post my book reviews.

Frankly, as my reviews run 400-700 words, it doesn't make sense to glom up the "review" box with a huge chunk of text.

4Villalobos
syyskuu 9, 2006, 12:36pm

Not being a reviewer (I'm more of a recommender), I'd like to submit this compromise idea: Write a three- to five-sentence review in LT, then refer to the larger review via a link for those who want to read the whole thing.

5Coruca
syyskuu 9, 2006, 2:05pm

BTRIPP has a good point: my reviews are between 300 and 600 words, depending on what the publication wants. I like Villalobos' idea: maybe I could do a little excerpt and then link to the larger review.

I don't suppose there is any way to do a link like a Live Journal cut that allows turns into a link to a larger display?

6coffeezombie
Muokkaaja: syyskuu 10, 2006, 11:00pm

As a reader, I rarely ever click on links for reviews if there is only the link. I might if there is part of the review and the opening is engaging enough to make me want to read more, but that's actually kind of annoying since I have to stop reading while getting the proper page. I can understand not wanting to post long reviews, but then again this is the internet. It's not exactly lacking in space.

As a reviewer, I generally publish my reviews in whole. These are rarely over a couple hundred words, though if they were longer I would probably still publish them here in full (or edit them for length just for this site). Then I provide a link at the end so people can check out my site if they feel inclined. Like so.

7lilithcat
syyskuu 11, 2006, 9:29am

I can understand not wanting to post long reviews, but then again this is the internet.

I used to put links to my LiveJournal and BookCrossing reviews, but now I generally just cut-and-paste. It's just as easy, perhaps easier.

8Coruca
Muokkaaja: syyskuu 14, 2006, 5:33pm

I edited one of my URL only reviews to have a intro:

http://www.librarything.com/work/1181239

What do you think? Good, bad, indifferent?

I did have to put HTML codes around the URL to make it hot or it became just another part of the text.

9BTRIPP
syyskuu 14, 2006, 7:32pm

"I did have to put HTML codes around the URL to make it hot or it became just another part of the text."

The same thing happens, by the way, in these message boards ... so if you want something to be clickable (like that URL), you have to go through the (minor) hassle of writing the link!

Personally, if there's that much of an intro, I'd be very likely to not click on the link, figuring that I'd gotten the gist of it in the blurb. I'd be more likely to click on something preceded by "See my full review here ..." or something equivalently short and to the point (the point being that they should click the link!).

10Jenson_AKA_DL
joulukuu 13, 2006, 3:37pm

I've been putting my reviews on Librarything first. Then if I really like the book I've reviewed and I think it is appropriate I will post the review to my myspace blog. If I want to recommend a book I will post the review to amazon and my website.

11MrKris
joulukuu 13, 2006, 3:41pm

Viesti poistettu

12imaginelove
joulukuu 13, 2006, 4:50pm

All my reviews go on LibraryThing first, and Writing.com product reviews second. (sorry SM!) The only reason is that it's easier to write it all out in a general concise flow on the LT form than on W.com's form and these are the only sites I care about promoting with my reviews. I often link to my reviews when talking about books, so it's nice to have them available on sites that also have the Amazon and social information available.

13SimonW11
joulukuu 13, 2006, 4:54pm

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No and No.

14MrKris
joulukuu 13, 2006, 6:12pm

Viesti poistettu

15jc_hall
huhtikuu 5, 2007, 3:39pm

I subscribe to Villalobos's compromise: for LT, I write a short (maybe 3 sentences) overview, then add the link to epinions (www.epinions.com) where I post the full review.

16staffordcastle
Muokkaaja: toukokuu 6, 2007, 5:08pm

What do people think about putting a link to someone ELSE's review? For instance, there are excellent reviews on the H-Albion (part of H-Net) website, which I would find convenient to have a link to in LT. But I certainly didn't write them.

http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showlist.cgi?lists=H-Albion

17Jenson_AKA_DL
toukokuu 7, 2007, 9:21am

I know that there are people have done links to other reviews for a book. I'm not sure how well received the practice is because I heard about it when reading a post someone wrote complaining that it had been done.

18coffeezombie
toukokuu 12, 2007, 12:40pm

I don't think linking to someone else's reviews is the right way to go. For one, even if it is just to support a review you like it could be seen as plagarism. Though I think having a place to provide links to off-site reviews you enjoyed would be cool.

19lilithcat
toukokuu 12, 2007, 12:54pm

> 18

A link to a review is not plagiarism. Plagiarism means passing work off as one's own.

However, I do think the reviews here should be ones own.

20coffeezombie
kesäkuu 6, 2007, 12:35pm

> 19

I think that this situation would still fall under the definition of plagiarism, if not legally than at least ethically. On a site where few people put up their real names, posting a link to someone else's review in a space intended for your own reviews can make attribution a bit tricky. It would be easy for a reader to assume the review is your own since they don't know your real name. And if you always use the same reviewer's work, it would fall right into the

In any case, if you post 300 links to reviews done by other people without attribution, it would be you who ended up in the top 50 reviewers list, not the people who wrote the reviews.

I think a better approach would be to include a space for submitting off-site reviews into the book information page, much in the same way things like wikipedia entries are attached to that page. This would make the reviews available to anyone looking up that book and would be a good way to bring attention to a review you like without any attribution issues.

21readafew
kesäkuu 6, 2007, 1:12pm

As far as linking to reviews how long does a link you don't control stay viable? especially for something as short term as a professional review?

22staffordcastle
kesäkuu 6, 2007, 7:00pm

> 20

I like that idea, of putting links on the book info page; it seems to fit well with the LT paradigm. Though readafew does have a point.