Monday, June 25, 2012

Chit Chat: Is Posting a DNF Unethical?


It is time for another Chit Chat here on Ali's Bookshelf.  Chit Chat is a discussion post created by me, Ali, where I chat with you about something that I think is important in the book blogging world or just in general.  Today's topic: Is Posting a DNF Post Unethical?

Definition of DNF: Did Not Finish!!!

What do you all think? Is is okay to post on your blog that you didn't like a book and that you couldn't get through it? Is it okay if a review book isn't for you, so you make a post up and tell why it wasn't for you? 

The way I see it is this, in my review policy, which is something I ask all authors to read before I agree to read their book, I state that I do post DNF's and It's my right to do so.  The reason this topic has come up is that I had an author go off on me and say I was unethical for posting a DNF post.  He goes on to say that I entered a "contract" with him when I said I would review his book to read it all.  Guess what, this is how I see it, I said I would review his book, I couldn't help it if I didn't like his book.  I'm not going to force myself to read a book that I can't get past chapter 2 without seeing all the details as the same as another book.  I blog for fun and forcing myself to read a book isn't my kind of fun, so I marked it DNF. 

This author goes on and on about how its the rule in book blogging reviewing that you finish the book.  I've seen a lot of DNF posts out there and I'm not everyone, I'm me and I post DNF posts. I didn't go off on this author, I stayed very professional at all times.  I finally did tell him what I thought of his book in detail because he asked over and over again.  Which is one of the reason's I'm also posting this post.

I'm not going to out the author here on my blog and I refuse to take down my DNF post! But I will say this, if there is anyone that would like this book, let me know and I will give my copy away.  I don't want this book on my shelf, because this man is not an author to me, he is a man that wrote a book and then went off on someone that told the truth! 

 So what is your take on this subject? Is it okay for authors to go off on us book bloggers? Do you post DNF's, if so has this happened to you, if not is this the reason why? I would love some input and your thoughts on this subject.   


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