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I want to know if specific books are worth spending my limited

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I want to know if specific books are worth spending my limited time reading. How can I find credible reviews of most books?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  NY Eng replied 1 year ago.

NY Eng :

Hello, my name isXXXXX good source of reviews for many books, and one that I use personally, is Amazon.com. It will also show you the most positive and most negative review of a book, which often highlights the strong and weak points. Most reviews are fairly detailed. As with any reviews some amount of suspicion might be had for the lengthy positive reviews since they may have some affiliation with the author.

NY Eng :

The NY Times also has a number of book reviews available here.

NY Eng :

Of course for some highly technical, niche or obscure books, reviews will be harder to find, but those would be good starting points. If you need additional information, just let me know. Thank you.

Customer:

Hi Lewis, The first place I looked was amazon.com. Not only do I distrust

Customer:

I want a credible book review of "Cybernetic Revelation - Deconstructing Artificial Intelligence" I don't trust an anonymous (perhaps clueless) reviewer, such as found on amazon.com. I want some information about the people or group that do the book reviews.

Expert:  Michael replied 1 year ago.
Hello, Thank you for using this service. I wish to introduce myself. I am a Research Librarian with 20+ years of experience.

Let me suggest to you publications from peer reviewed sources that public libraries are well as academic use for their purchasing of resources for their collection. All of these review the latest from the publishing world and are done by librarians as well as experts in their field. While the book you are looking for may not be reviewed just yet, these links can be used in the future for reference on other books you wish to read in the future.

Booklist: http://www.booklistonline.com/Default.aspx

Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/

Publishers Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/

It may be difficult to find a review of this particular book since it is quite new. The entire book it seems can be found on google books:
http://books.google.com/books/about/Cybernetic_Revelation.html?id=06OqdLX9-V0C

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the sources of book reviewers. Is there a way to find the subject(s) of this book, so I can search for books of the same subject that are reviewed by these book reviewers?

Expert:  Michael replied 1 year ago.
Looking at the link for the book via google, at the bottom is listed for subjects: Philosophy › General as well as Technology & Engineering / General

Also look at what google does in terms of the heading "Common terms and phrases" with this link.

I would recommend checking out your local public library for databases that they subscribe to that have reviews online. Books in Print was something all of us librarians used for years but depending on your local library, they should have something for you to browse.

Here is just one that is quite helpful: http://www.worldcat.org/ Once you find a book or books you like by subject, then you can locate reviews if there are any.

Both Booklist and Library Journal have in various issues reviews of topics that cover what you may be interested in. Check your local public library and ask to look at past issues to see when they covered reviews on the topics you are interested in.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

OK, when I find time I will attempt to find reviewed books that are grouped under subject: Philosophy › General as well as Technology & Engineering / General.



That might work.


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