The folks over at SF Signal have a long-running feature – The Mind Meld – where they pose a single question to a group of invited participants in the SFF world. Somehow I was chosen as one of the bloggers in a group including editors and authors. It was a lot of fun and I encourage you all to go read – some of the answers might just surprise you. Participants include David G. Hartwell, James Patrick Kelly, John Joseph Adams, Paul Raven, Alan Beatts, Niall Harrison, and Larry of the OF Blog of the Fallen.
The question posed was
From your point of view, how has the proliferation of online book reviews affected the publishing world?
Some of excerpts include
Online reviewing at this point is a hopeful mess…
Everyone wants something different from a book …and the anarchic economics of internet publishing mean that all those needs can be supplied in proportion to demand.
At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what publishers, booksellers, authors or reviewers think of a book.
…when was the last time you saw Gary Wolfe reviewing Steven Erikson or Kate Elliott?
…it may mean a sort of Darwinian fight in the near future to see which blogs are best qualified…
-Larry of OF Blog of the Fallen
How about that for a self-serving, pretentious answer?
-Ken of Neth Space
Isn’t it great to see quotes taken out of context?