One-Minute Book Reviews

February 17, 2008

There Were 172,000 Books Published in the U.S. in 2005 …

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… according to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which tracks the number of books published per country per year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Books_published_per_country_per_year.

So why does it often seem so difficult to find a great new book to read? Maybe the problem lies less with books than with the established practices in American book reviewing, an institution rife with ethical conflicts, review inflation and other problems that can make it hard to tell the gold from the pyrite.

Tomorrow One-Minute Book Reviews will review Gail Pool’s Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America, in which a longtime critic asks: Why is so much book reviewing in the U.S. so bad? And what can be done about it?

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