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Page: Dear NBCC members:
1. Are you an NBCC member?
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Response
Count
Yes
98.1%359
No
1.6%6
Other (please specify)
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0.3%1

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2. Should a book review editor assign a book to a casual acquaintance of the author -- e.g., someone the reviewer may have met at a writing conference, party or on a panel, but who is not a close friend?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
57.1%196
No
17.8%61
Not Sure
6.1%21
Other (please specify)
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19.0%65

3. Should a book review editor assign a book to a friend of the author?
 answered question343
 
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
1.5%5
No
84.3%289
Not Sure
2.3%8
Other (please specify)
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12.0%41

4. Should a book review editor assign a book on subject A to a reviewer who has also written a book on subject A, or a subject extremely close to that?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
58.1%198
No
10.0%34
Not Sure
5.9%20
Other (please specify)
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26.1%89

5. Is it right for book review editors to allow reviewers to request a particluar book, even though that practice occasionally leads to backscratching and attempted set-ups?
 answered question340
 
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
50.9%173
No
9.7%33
Not Sure
8.8%30
Other (please specify)
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30.6%104

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6. Is it the book review editor's obligation to question a prospective reviewer about potential conflicts of interest, rather than the reviewer's to raise the subject?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
46.4%155
No
22.5%75
Not Sure
5.4%18
Other (please specify)
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25.7%86

7. Is it ethical for a reviewer to decline to review a book he has already accepted for review, on the ground that he didn't like the book and doesn't want to say negative things in print?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
34.3%115
No
34.3%115
Not Sure
9.3%31
Other (please specify)
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22.1%74

8. Should anyone mentioned in the acknowledgments of a book be barred from reviewing it?
 answered question334
 
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
68.6%229
No
12.0%40
Not Sure
6.6%22
Other (please specify)
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12.9%43

9. Should authors who publish with a particular house be permitted to review other books published by that house?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
51.9%174
No
21.8%73
Not Sure
13.1%44
Other (please specify)
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13.1%44

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10. Should a writer be allowed to review the book of someone who shares the same literary agent?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
38.1%127
No
37.8%126
Not Sure
15.0%50
Other (please specify)
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9.0%30

11. Should a person who has written an unpaid blurb for a book be allowed to write a fuller review of the book?
 answered question334
 
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
23.7%79
No
65.0%217
Not Sure
6.3%21
Other (please specify)
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5.1%17

12. Should an editor ever assign a book to a reviewer who is known to hold aesthetic, political or literary views contrary to those of the author?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
60.2%201
No
11.1%37
Not Sure
8.7%29
Other (please specify)
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20.1%67

13. Should an editor ever assign a book to a reviewer who is known to hold aesthetic, political or literary views similar to the author's?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
72.2%241
No
3.0%10
Not Sure
7.5%25
Other (please specify)
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17.4%58

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14. Is it ever ethical to review a book without reading the entire book?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
7.9%26
No
76.6%252
Not Sure
1.8%6
Other (please specify)
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13.7%45

15. Should literary blogs adhere to the same rules of ethics, whatever the consensus may turn out to be on them, as newspaper book-review sections?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
54.7%180
No
15.2%50
Not Sure
10.6%35
Other (please specify)
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19.5%64

16. Should literary journals, serious popular magazines (e.g., The Atlantic), and so-called opinion magazines (e.g., The Nation) adhere to the same rules of ethics, whatever the consensus may turn out to be on them, as newspaper book-review sections?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
83.0%274
No
3.6%12
Not Sure
5.5%18
Other (please specify)
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7.9%26

17. Should a literary blogger review the book of another literary blogger to whose blog she or he links?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
33.3%110
No
23.3%77
Not Sure
22.7%75
Other (please specify)
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20.6%68

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18. Should freelance book critics request only those books from publishers that they're likely to review or judge for an award, or is it okay for freelancers to request a much larger number of books?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
30.1%97
No
18.9%61
Not Sure
9.9%32
Other (please specify)
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41.0%132

19. If you think it's okay for freelancers to request more books than they can review or judge, is it okay for them to sell whichever ones they don't want to keep?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
23.6%69
No
45.5%133
Not Sure
10.3%30
Other (please specify)
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20.5%60

20. Is it okay to assign a book by author A to reviewer B, when author A has served as a major source for B in a book that B has already published?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
12.4%40
No
68.6%221
Not Sure
10.9%35
Other (please specify)
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8.1%26

21. Is it okay for a book review editor, in deciding which books to review, to favor books by writers who also review regularly for that book section?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
27.3%88
No
51.9%167
Not Sure
8.1%26
Other (please specify)
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12.7%41

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22. Should a reviewer read other reviews of a book before reviewing it?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
18.1%58
No
40.0%128
Not Sure
8.4%27
Other (please specify)
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33.4%107

23. Is it okay for a reviewer to regularly review books from the same one (or two) favorite publishing houses?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
50.3%160
No
24.8%79
Not Sure
10.1%32
Other (please specify)
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14.8%47

24. Is it okay for a reviewer to repeatedly review books by the same author over years and even decades?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
76.8%245
No
8.2%26
Not Sure
2.2%7
Other (please specify)
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12.9%41

25. Should a reviewer sometimes be allowed to crib from his or her past reviews in writing about an author years later?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
37.6%120
No
26.0%83
Not Sure
6.0%19
Other (please specify)
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30.4%97

Page: Page 7
26. Is it ever acceptable for a reviewer not to say what she or he really thinks about a book?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
19.6%62
No
54.1%171
Not Sure
7.6%24
Other (please specify)
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18.7%59

27. Are the ethics of book reviewing in the United States and England significantly different?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
14.2%45
No
6.3%20
Not Sure
73.2%232
Other (please specify)
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6.3%20

28. Is it okay for a book review section to both feature an author through a podcast meant to promote traffic to that book section's site, and also review the author's book, at more or less the same time?
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Response
Count
Yes
65.8%208
No
10.8%34
Not Sure
14.2%45
Other (please specify)
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9.2%29

29. Given that some companies -- payperpost, blogvertise, reviewme -- pay bloggers for reviews of products and services, should any book reviews commissioned in that way be identified as arising out of commissions?
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Response
Count
Yes
76.3%242
No
4.4%14
Not Sure
14.2%45
Other (please specify)
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5.0%16

Page: Page 8
30. Should a review of a book be linked to its Amazon page or any other site that sells the book?
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Response
Count
Yes
51.4%162
No
21.6%68
Not Sure
15.2%48
Other (please specify)
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11.7%37

31. Is a book review that exists exclusively as an MP3 or other-type digital audio file less objective than a traditional print review because of its delivery elements (e.g., tone of voice)?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
7.0%22
No
55.2%174
Not Sure
27.3%86
Other (please specify)
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10.5%33

32. Is it okay for a newspaper or magazine to review books by current or former staff members?
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Response
Count
Yes
66.6%209
No
5.1%16
Not Sure
3.8%12
Other (please specify)
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24.5%77

33. Is it okay for a newspaper book section or magazine to ignore self-published books that are submitted, e.g., iUniverse-type books?
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Response
Count
Yes
60.3%190
No
16.2%51
Not Sure
11.1%35
Other (please specify)
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12.4%39

34. Please use this space to add any other thoughts or questions arising from this survey.
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