I've read a lot of quotes recently by folks who say they never read book reviews. That even if they do read a book review, it never influences their decision on whether to buy a book or not.
I've read that most people rely on verbal recommendations by friends because they don't trust reviewers. I've read quotes by folks that if a review is positive, they don't trust it. Or if the review is negative, they don't trust it.
But then, as one who publishes a web site for book reviews, I have hundreds of emails from authors looking for reviews.
So my big question for all those folks who don't read reviews and who don't trust reviewers is:
Are you out there asking people to review your book when you yourself don't read reviews or trust them? If so, how do you reconcile this disconnect?
I honestly would like to know why folks lament the demise of the book review sections of major newspapers, and the fact that there are so few places that actually review the books of small presses, when so many folks seem to run screaming from book reviews unless the book being reviewed is their own?
All this makes me want to throw my hands up in the air and never write another book review again. Why am I doing this? It certainly isn't to make money. God knows berniE-zine never has, nor will it ever, pay for its own web hosting services.
Why should I continue to bother, if book reviews are so unimportant that no one bothers to read them and, even if they do, they're not influenced one way or the other?
Is there anyone out there who still loves reading book reviews? Hello...? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?