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Half-page book review

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1 PURPOSE:
To critically review books about programming or open source, and give readers an idea of what the books are like.

2 WORD COUNT:
Average book review: 280 words

3 LAYOUT:
If there's anything you need to point out to design and production staff, label it ///DESIGN NOTE/// and put it IN CAPS at the beginning of the text in square brackets.

4 PICTURES AND BOXES:
Please ensure that the book you are reviewing has already been photographed or that there are plans for it to be photographed soon.

Aside from the Verdict box and a photograph of the book, there are no boxes or images needed in book reviews.

5 STRUCTURE:

///TOP BAR///
Reviews Books

///TITLE///
Enter the full book title here please. If it is very long, please leave out the subtitle.

///STANDFIRST///
12-15 words mentioning the author's name and introducing the review. Please avoid standfirsts that emphasise the writer over the book - these seem rather self-indulgent when used often.

///BODY TEXT///
Add the book review here.

///END BODY TEXT///

///LINUX FORMAT VERDICT BOX///
Please include the following elements in this order:
TITLE OF BOOK
AUTHOR: [If more than two authors, please write the first author's name followed by et al. Include middle letters and idiosyncrasies, eg Authors: Tom F Thumb and Little 'Jack' Horner]
PUBLISHER: [The name of publishing house; don't worry about 'Inc', 'Ltd' etc]
ISBN: [This is an international standard book number consists of ten digits, made up of four parts. Each part is separated by a hyphen. eg ISBN: 90-70002-34-5]
PRICE: [Recommended retail price, ideally in £, not just Amazon $ price.]
PAGES:

20-word summary of the book

RATING
This is your overall rating out of 10, taking 5/10 as average.

Note about ratings:

  • If a book receives 10/10 overall please mark it down for a Top Stuff award. You may also - at your discretion - recommend a product for a Top Stuff award if it scores a good 9/10. Mark it simply with ///TOP STUFF AWARD/// at the top of the review.

///END VERDICT BOX///

///END BOOK REVIEW///

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