How to... write a book review
A potential checklist for book reviewers
Make sure that your review contains:
- An early paragraph saying what the book is about, and putting it in context
- Information about the intended audience
- A critique of the argument/content of the book
- Remarks on the strengths and limitations of the book
- A note on the format, length and price (or value for money)
- A note (if appropriate) on how well the text is supported by
- Any supporting academic references.
If the following details are not supplied for you, please make sure that your review contains:
- Accurate details of the authors’/editors’ names and initials
- Title of the publication
- Date of publication
- Publisher and place of publication
- ISBN number
- Format (hardback, paperback or soft cover)
- Number of pages
Try to make your review readable and entertaining. Write it in the first person, as though you are describing the book in a letter to a close friend.
Hartley, J. (2006), “Reading and writing book reviews across the disciplines”, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Vol. 57 No. 9, pp. 1194-1207.
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