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Review Bloggers (Usually) Offer Candid Opinions

While I’m sure that some of them don’t want to jeopardize their gravy train of free books, most book review bloggers seem to be fairly honest.  So if there’s a new release coming up and you’re wavering in your commitment, these writers usually get their hands on copies ahead of the general release.

Thomas Nelson/Zondervan’s program for reviewers — the one formerly known as Book Sneeze — is now Book Look.  When you go to the reviews page, you can choose a book, such as Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist, where you’ll find that (as of Monday) 95 members of Book Look have posted a review. You can either arrange these by date, or by how high the readers rated the title. Then you can click on links to go direct to the blog of each review.

Baker Book Group, by comparison, offers a similar blog review program, but no way to see the reviews their titles are getting. For that reason, sometimes Google Blogsearch can be useful, as you generally avoid all the online sales sites vending the title in question.

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