Sock puppetry still 'rife' in book reviews

Sock puppetry still 'rife' in book reviews

Sock puppetry is still "widespread" today in spite of the trade's best efforts to stamp it out more than five years ago, a number of publishers have told The Bookseller, following the latest case to be brought to light.

However, others in the trade have argued the practice isn't commonplace but serves to highlight the "imperfect" nature of online reviews and the danger of relying on them too heavily to promote books.

Ian Buxton, a writer of books on whisky and gin, has admitted a lapse in judgement after Private Eye called him out for sock puppetry in its last issue. The term refers to th...

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