Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Wordtrade is a national review of recently published books, audiobooks, interactive media, and online text services.
The Quarterly Wordtrade.com Newsletter provides a summary of titles featured in emails and at news groups. Not all books reviewed are featured in the newsletter.
Wordtrade began as a print newsletter for bookstores and libraries in 1993. As information has become increasingly electronic, Wordtrade ceased print subscription services and has become an open source for new information and original contents about recent books, specializing in religion, science and philosophy titles but also covering select titles of general interest.
Gilbert Hershey is review editor. He has worked in marketing for nearly twenty-five years.
Gil has a general appetite for all things in print and is a constant reader. He loves a good mystery and enjoys the continuous whirl of literary discovery this job entails. Email
Janet Lentz attempts to keep the front office going and keep the books straight. Email
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We are concentrating upon getting our philosophy and religion sections on line. We have also revamped our editorial policies. If we deem a book a serious work of scholarship or just a good read, we will feature it on both its subject page for a permanent post and temporarily on our new list pages. If you find a review of a title you will want to link to again it is best to link to our permanent theme pages.
Our reviews rely upon the content of the book to tell you what the book is about. We reproduce summary excerpts from some titles so you may get a feel for the author's style and the contents of the book. We do make editorial revisions and deletions that are not noted in our copy. After all our reviews are meant to attract readers to the volume and are not meant to substitute for reading the volume. We also rely upon publicity write-ups, but try to tone down the blanket superlatives.
We do rely upon reviewers for basic feedback on the titles we suggest. We find it is harder than expected to get timely copy from people but will continue to provide you with solid information about recent titles as soon as possible.
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We still want you consider buying primarily from your local bookstore. As much as I like to browse the net for new sources of information. I usually do not learn enough about a possible book by just reading about it. I want to look at it to decide if I want to read it myself. If we do not patronize our local independent bookstores, they will not be able to stay open for us to visit. I would miss them terribly. So consider where you spend your precious bucks on books.
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We have changed our editorial focus from general titles in philosophy & religious studies to technical titles in the humanities and sciences. General and trade titles will appear at SirReadalot.org which is designed for that purpose.
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media services, especially in the fields of religious studies and
philosophy, the humanities and sciences.
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Wordtrade is an independent review agency serving the public, scholars, libraries, and booksellers. Wordtrade is a national review newsletter about recently published books, audiobooks, interactive media, and online text services.