You may have read in the press of the stories of abuse on online platforms for the promotion of books. This includes authors using identities other than their own to promote their own work through the writing of online reviews; creating buzz under fake identities when discussing their work in places such as online forums; purchasing online reviews of their work that have no authentic basis whatsoever. During the last few days a group of people came together to create an open letter which resulted in delivery to the Daily Telegraph yesterday. On issue, nearly 50 signatories – mainly well-known author names – signed this letter condemning the abuse and calling for an end to it. More importantly, the letter notes that
“… the only lasting solution is for readers to take possession of the process. The internet belongs to us all. Your honest and heartfelt reviews, good or bad, enthusiastic or disapproving, can drown out the phoney voices, and the underhanded tactics will be marginalized to the point of irrelevance…”
“…Will you use your voice to help us clean up this mess?”
If you support this, clicking on the picture below will take you to the site where you can sign to add your support.
[Note: personal thoughts on this to come in a later post.]