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    Kirkus Reviews / Kirkus Indie (formerly Kirkus Discoveries)

    Kirkus now offers a review service for e-books. The price is staggeringly high and the resulting review is a short slapdash few paragraphs. I, in my naivete, purchased a review. Because of many errors regarding events in the narrative, I believe, if the reviewer actually read the book, it was at a scan level.. I complained. Kirkus promised a full review of my complaint including a new look at the novel. Three days later ( pretty short look) I received a refusal to correct errors or offer any change or recompense Their argument is a review is subjective and the reviewer's opinion rules the day. Previous to Kirkus, I have had very good reviews from both readers and professional reviewers for this novel, THROUGH THE DARK DOOR OF TIME, SAN DIEGO 1867.
    I believe that a Kirkus review is well worth the price for traditionally published books. But e-book writers BEWARE. My experience, including e-mail exchanges with the company, tell me that e-book reviews are purely and simply a cash cow for Kirkus.

    I would like to hear from any AWers with Kirkus e-book experience, agreeing with me or opposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    I believe that a Kirkus review is well worth the price for traditionally published books.
    The Kirkus reviews for trade published books is not a paid service. The regular ol' Kirkus is just a review site (used to be a print publication) that publishes a selection of reviews of their choosing.

    They have, in the last few years, run a parallel, paid service for self-published books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Kirkus now offers a review service for e-books. The price is staggeringly high and the resulting review is a short slapdash few paragraphs. I, in my naivete, purchased a review. Because of many errors regarding events in the narrative, I believe, if the reviewer actually read the book, it was at a scan level.. I complained. Kirkus promised a full review of my complaint including a new look at the novel. Three days later ( pretty short look) I received a refusal to correct errors or offer any change or recompense Their argument is a review is subjective and the reviewer's opinion rules the day. Previous to Kirkus, I have had very good reviews from both readers and professional reviewers for this novel, THROUGH THE DARK DOOR OF TIME, SAN DIEGO 1867.
    I believe that a Kirkus review is well worth the price for traditionally published books. But e-book writers BEWARE. My experience, including e-mail exchanges with the company, tell me that e-book reviews are purely and simply a cash cow for Kirkus.

    I would like to hear from any AWers with Kirkus e-book experience, agreeing with me or opposed.

    Doc
    Kirkus reviews are fine, and well-respected. They, like certain other well-known reviewers, offers a paid review service that's not really either of those things. Paid reviews usually turn out that way - sorry.

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    Adding link: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/

    Their pay-for-review program (launched 2005) began as Kirkus Discoveries and is now Kirkus Indie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaoPaux View Post
    Adding link: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/

    Their pay-for-review program (launched 2005) began as Kirkus Discoveries and is now Kirkus Indie.
    Wow! Has it been that long?

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