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Relating earlier questions here about book reviews, may I
ask how deep a review can be? I plan to analyze some books
"to the bone". This will include depicting their skeletal
structure: their main ideas, topics, inner relationships and
hidden meanings. Perhaps references to other books as well.
Is this not infringing on the original author's IP rights
(the extent and details of the analyses I want to delve
into). Also, will the review be my own work, so I can have
it published or sold as mine (even if it's 100% alalyzing a
work and/or works of other authors)?
Thank you!

Hi Csaba,

If you express your own original ideas when you write a review of a book it is not plagiarism.  You're not re-writing the book.  You're giving your assessment of the book.  Make sure you cite all sources that you quote and reference in the review.

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