The Book Reviewer: Outdated Hanger-On or Archaic Remnant of a More Innocent Time?
Do reviews sell books? Well, do they? Punk? An article in Wednesday's Guardian asks this very question. Says the article, "In the 21st century - the age of the reading group, the website and the chatroom - the reviewer can sometimes look like a threatened species". Don't get your knickers in a twist quite yet, fellow children's books reviewers. The article fortunately ends with the baffled author D.J. Taylor remarking, "Curiously, he or she [the reviewer] still matters in a way that many of the more exalted guardians of our culture do not". I swear to God, if Taylor is referring to librarians I'll fly over this ocean and make 'em eat those words personally.