What a huge disappointment! The expert quoted who said it was "a democratization" of reviewing practices and that it was "changing and challenging" the status quo could not have been more wrong. A system like Amazons which crowns and enshrines fakes like Harp and Klausner is not bringing about a level playing field. Vick's quote was a breath of fresh air, the rest was ....well, not particularly eye-opening. The quote from the Amazon employee was laughable. I intend to respond to NPR.
I especially liked the combination of this guy talking about how HK reviewed 15K books, all of them good, and then some 'Top Reviewer' spliced in saying, well, that funny old thing: that she doesn't review bad books. Oh, but that explains everything... Harriet has reviewed 15,000 books (actually it's more like 16K now), and that absurd number DOES NOT include the bad books she read? So she read even more books? Some journalism.
I'm curious why they did not have HK make a little comment. They got one from Gail Cooke and she is what? Number 4? It seems like they would have wanted one from their impressive number one reviewer. I was diappointed.
Booksellers Upset Over NPR’s Amazon Link.L. Fleisig posted a curious link in Harp comments, check it out: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6456353.html . There may be a reason for NPR's fatuousness.
Edward R. Murrow, it wasn't. All the news that's fit to print, in the hands of NPR, has become pretty much just all the news that fits.
What a slap in the face to independent book sellers. These small book stores support their local public radio and then NPR links to Amazon, what a typical corporate move. NPR worsens by the day, soon they can link directly to Mall-Wart, your source for cheap plastic crap.
Another let down, except for the bit from Nick. What's needed is a seriously ambitious reporter, especially one who's willing to ask some serious questions.
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