Posts Tagged ‘Book reviews’

About my book reviews

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Books, Writers

If you read my book reviews, you may notice that they’re overwhelmingly positive. And you may think to yourself: Does this guy like every freakin thing he reads?

The answer is an emphatic “No.” More on that in a second.

You may also notice that most of the books I review are relatively obscure. They tend to be volumes from small, independent publishers that aren’t likely to get reviewed elsewhere.

I just tried to do a Google search (always an excellent way of getting accurate and precise information) to find out the number of new books published every day. A lot of online sources are using the number 1,500.

I don’t know if that’s true or not. Let’s just say that a buttload of new books are coming out all the time.

And that’s more the case now than ever before. For better or worse, publishing is becoming increasingly decentralized. The big book publishers are making less money and subsequently cutting back. At the same time, the resources necessary to publish books are more affordable and accessible than ever. The end result is fewer titles by major publishers, more titles by small ones. (more…)