A book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is merely described (summary review) or analyzed based on content, style, and merit. A book review may be a primary source, opinion piece, summary review or scholarly review. Books can be reviewed for printed periodicals, magazines and newspapers, as school work, or for book web sites on the Internet. A book review's length may vary from a single paragraph to a substantial essay. Such a review may evaluate the book on the basis of personal taste. Reviewers may use the occasion of a book review for an extended essay that can be closely or loosely related to the subject of the book, or to promulgate their own ideas on the topic of a fiction or non-fiction work.
There is a number of journals devoted to book reviews, and reviews are indexed in databases such as Book Review Index and Kirkus Reviews; but many more book reviews can be found in newspaper and scholarly databases such as Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and discipline-specific databases.
- Australian Book Review
- The Book Club Bible
- Literary criticism
- Book review magazines
- The New York Review of Books
- London Review of Books
- Kirkus Reviews
- National Book Critics Circle
- Self-Publishing Review
- Amazon.com controversies
- Style guide
- The Wikiversity course on Writing a Book Review.
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- Jane Ciabattari. "The Future of Book Reviews: Critics vs. Amazon Reviewers", The Daily Beast, May 12, 2011.
- Dalhousie University. How to write a book review
- Indiana University, Bloomington. Writing Book Reviews, April, 2004
- Los Angeles Valley College. How to write a book review, February, 2009.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab. Writing a book review, September, 2011.
- Queen's University, Stauffer Library. How to write book reviews, January, 2012.