- After a hiatus, there is a new Inside the Blogosphere question up at Grasping for the Wind about reviewers’ reviewing process. I took a slightly different path than the other responders.
- Temple Library Reviews reviews the blogs and interviews the bloggers - look for Neth Space to participate in the future.
- The latest thing to get all the bloggers excited is about authors commenting on reviews. I’ve said a bit here and there, but the quote below sums it up good enough.
It's all about how it gets done - it can be done well and it can be a complete train-wreck. I think that it can be difficult to do it well, which is why authors should be cautious.
My own experiences are varied - I often get nice emails from authors thanking me for the review - typically there isn't any comment about the content. Sometimes an author will leave that comment at the review itself, which is also fine. It gets tricky when it goes further.
I'll point to two examples on my blog - in this review, Scott Bakker commented a bit and then discussion exploded. It was good, healthy discussion, but at such a high-level that I'm guessing that 99.9% of readers couldn't really follow it (myself included).
In this 'review', the author started constructive and degraded into petty insults. It was linked a few times as an example of why authors shouldn't comment on reviews. I definitely consider it an example of #reviewcommentfail.