Since becoming more active on my blog again, I decided to include identifying details of each book in my book reviews. I like to include publisher, publication date, number of pages, etc. While I was trying to decide what information to include in my book reviews, I saw disagreement about including price. I have not seen debates over it, but I see disagreement in practice for scholarly book reviews and informal book reviews. Should price be included in book reviews?
As I thought about what to do for my book reviews, I decided to list the reasons for including the price of the book and reasons for excluding the price.
Reasons to include price in book reviews:
- Academic Book Review: The style you are using requires price in the citation section.
- Product Reviews: When learning to write product reviews, it is generally encouraged to include price.
- The publication it is published in requires it.
- The book blogger or BookTuber prefers to include it.
Reasons to not include price in book reviews:
- Sometimes books are borrowed for free (library, friend, Amazon Unlimited, etc.).
- Used books are sold at much cheaper prices than new books, and those prices can vary even if bought at the same place.
- Rare and out-of-print books are often worth more than what they were originally sold at.
- Different stores (online and not) charge different prices for the same book.
- Editions of books cost different prices. Ebooks, for example, are often cheaper than physical books.
- The book blogger or BookTuber prefers to not include it.
I omit book prices because I tend to buy books at secondhand stores or at sale prices, and I borrow a lot of books now too.
Do you include the price of the book in your book reviews? Do you think the price should be included? Is there anything that I missed in my lists?