Hello! Today’s discussions are about ethics and non-fiction.
Do you have recommendations to new bloggers to ensure credit is given to whom/where credit is due? Have you had an experience with plagiarism? How did you deal with it? What are the guidelines as bloggers that we must follow?
Ethics can be a difficult topic to discuss. Even though I would like to think that we all have the same ethical beliefs as others I know that’s not always the case. However I would say that the general population shares the same ethical beliefs, whether or not the actually abide by them.
As bloggers it is important to blog responsibly and give credit where credit is due. It’s not only the right thing to do (people deserve credit for their work) but it’s also important for your reputation and it could potentially lead to legal trouble as well.
If you participating in a meme, link back to the host. If you are using a picture make sure you are following the creators guidelines. Personally I recommend using free pic websites like Wikimedia Commons as you don’t have to pay for pictures, and the creator’s guidelines are clearly listed below so it’s super easy.
As far as plagiarism goes… don’t do it! Use your own words! (Note: As far as my understanding goes it is totally ok to use both the book cover and book synopsis in your reviews.) Plagiarism is a sure fire way to ruin your reputation.
Personally I don’t read any reviews of a book that I have read but not yet written the review, am currently reading or plan to read in the next few months. I don’t read these reviews because I don’t want to get someone else’s ideas stuck in my head! It’s impossible to read someone else’s review and not take something away from it, so I’ve made this my practice.
Ethics comes down to doing the right thing and treating others how you want to be treated.
Do you read non-fiction? Why or why not? Is there a specific type of non-fiction that you prefer to read (i.e., historical, true crime, memoirs, biographies, etc.)? What is the perfect book for a first-time non-fiction reader?
I will be perfectly honest here – I discriminate against non-fiction. Whenever anyone recommends a book as soon as they say the words “non-fiction” I am thinking to myself that there is no way in hell I’m going to read that book. Now I have read some non-fiction that I have liked, but mostly I’ve found that non-fiction books are written like textbooks and if I wanted to read a textbook I would go back to school.
For me to enjoy a non-fiction book is has to read more like a story less like a textbook. I’ve attempted some history, memoirs and true crime stories and either couldn’t finish the book I had to force myself to trudge through it.
I don’t have any recommendations for a first time non-fiction reader, but do you have any recommendations for me?