Frequently Asked Questions
Since Blether was created we have had many questions asked of us, some we have known the answers to, others will probably remain a mystery, like "why did you replace the orignial distasteful shade of green with this hideous yellow?" Here we'll answer the most frequently asked, maybe shedding a little light on why Blether is the way it is.
- What is Blether?
- There are plenty of book review sites out there, why bother producing another one?
- What does "blether" mean?
- Can I write reviews for Blether?
- Can I request a review for a particular book?
- I don't agree with a review, what should I do about it?
- What do the ratings mean, and aren't they meaningless?
- Blether sucks, why is it so bad?
1. What is Blether?
Blether is a book review website, serving a couple of purposes. Firstly,
if you're looking for a good book to read or to give as a gift,
or for whatever reason, our reviews might help you make a better
choice. Secondly, we hope our discussion
forums will generate intense debate on all things related to
books - what makes a classic, the merits of particular books or
authors, how appallingly inaccurate a Blether review is and so on.
There are plenty of book review sites out there, why bother producing
question. We know there are a lot of review sites on the internet,
but we haven't yet come across one that provide the sorts of features
we'd really like in such a site, things like decent search facilities,
reviewer information, discussion forums, mailing lists etc. Since
we have the know-how and the enthusiasm for books, we floated the
idea with a few folk and given the positive feedback we decided
to develop one ourselves.
What does "blether" mean?
is a Scots word which can be used as a verb or a noun. The verb
means to chat idly, to chew the fat, to pass the time of day (you
get the idea), for example "we were just blethering",
as my better half tells me after an hour on the telephone to her
sister. As a noun the word is a gentle term for a liar or fibber,
someone who is telling porkies (you get the idea again). Tell someone
a tall story and they might proclaim you "a blether".
Can I write reviews for Blether?
you certainly can, and we'd be delighted to recieve them! Details
can be found on the joining page, but in
brief we accept reviews of any book from anyone on any subject.
All we ask for are some personal details to give visitors to the
site a little bit of contextual knowledge about the reviewer, things
like your particular areas of interest, your age, books you've particularly
enjoyed and so on.
Can I request a review for a particular book?
answer to the question is yes, but don't expect anyone to take any
notice! Our reviewers are able to submit reviews of any book they
choose. Try posting a message in one of the discussion
forums - someone might have already read the book and be willing
to write a review, or at least give a quick opinion about it.
I don't agree with a review, what should I do about it?
us! Post a message in one of the discussion
forums giving your own opinion, or write us your own review
- we will publish more than one review for a single title.
What do the ratings mean, and aren't they meaningless?
explanation of the ratings can be found hidden away somewhere on
the site - try here. As to their utility,
we know that they are completely subjective, but we have tried to
temper this in a couple of ways - firstly by giving a little bit
of personal information about the reviewer, so you can see what
sort of person gave the rating, and secondly by giving you the ability
to rate the book yourself and give comments in the discussion forums.
Finally, top rated books (those scoring a 9 or 10 and thus receiving
one of our completely worthless awards) should offer entertainment
for almost everyone.
Blether sucks, why is it so bad?
don't know. It just is. But we'd welcome something a little more
constructive - maybe you could give us some idea of exactly what
you find so awful through our contact
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