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.