International Journal of Distance Education and E-Learning (IJDEEL)
International Islamic University, Islamabad

Guidelines for Book Review

A book review is a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation on the quality, meaning, and significance of a book. It should focus on the book’s purpose, content, and authority. It is a reaction paper in which strengths and weaknesses of the material are analyzed. It should include a statement of what the author has tried to do, evaluates how well (in the opinion of the reviewer) the author has succeeded, and presents evidence to support this evaluation.
The following may be included in book review:

  1. Write a statement giving essential information about the book.
    Title, author, first copyright date, type of book, general subject matter, special features (maps, colorplates, etc.), price and ISBN.
  2. State the author’s purpose in writing the book.
    Sometimes authors state their purpose in the preface or the first chapter. When they do not, you may arrive at an understanding of the book’s purpose by asking yourself these questions:
    1. Why did the author write on this subject rather than on some other subject?
    2. From what point of view is the work written?
    3. Was the author trying to give information, to explain something technical, to convince the reader of a belief’s validity by dramatizing it in action?
    4. What is the general field or genre, and how does the book fit into it?
    5. Who is the intended audience?
    6. What is the author’s style? Is it formal or informal? Evaluate the quality of the writing style by using some of the following standards: coherence, clarity, originality, forcefulness, correct use of technical words, conciseness, fullness of development, fluidity. Does it suit the intended audience?
    7. See the Table of Contents, it can help understand how the book is organized and will aid in determining the author’s main ideas and how they are developed – chronologically, topically, etc.
    8. How did the book affect you? Were any previous ideas you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this book? How is the book related to your own course or personal agenda? What personal experiences you’ve had relate to the subject?
    9. How well has the book achieved its goal?
    10. Would you recommend this book or article to others? Why?
  1. Explain the method of development-the way the author supports the thesis. Illustrate your remarks with specific references and quotations. In general, authors tend to use the following methods, exclusively or in combination.
    1. Description: The author presents word-pictures of scenes and events by giving specific details that appeal to the five senses, or to the reader’s imagination. Description presents background and setting. Its primary purpose is to help the reader realize, through as many sensuous details as possible, the way things (and people) are, in the episodes being described.
    2. Narration. The author tells the story of a series of events, usually presented in chronological order. In a novel however, chronological order may be violated for the sake of the plot. The emphasis in narration, in both fiction and non-fiction, is on the events. Narration tells what has happened. Its primary purpose is to tell a story.
    3. Exposition. The author uses explanation and analysis to present a subject or to clarify an idea. Exposition presents the facts about a subject or an issue as clearly and impartially as possible. Its primary purpose is to explain.
    4. Argument. The author uses the techniques of persuasion to establish the truth of a statement or to convince the reader of its falsity. The purpose is to persuade the reader to believe something and perhaps to act on that belief. Argument takes sides on an issue. Its primary purpose is to convince.

  1. Evaluate the book for interest, accuracy, objectivity, importance, thoroughness, and usefulness to its intended audience. Show whether the author’s main arguments are true. Respond to the author’s opinions. What do you agree or disagree with? And why? Illustrate whether or not any conclusions drawn are derived logically from the evidence. Explore issues the book raises. What possibilities does the book suggest? What has the author omitted or what problems were left unsolved? What specific points are not convincing Relate the book to larger issues?
  2. If relevant, make note of the book’s format – layout, binding, typography, etc. Are there maps, illustrations? Do they aid understanding?
  3. Summarize, analyze, and comment on the book’s content. State your general conclusions. List the principal topics, and briefly summarize the author’s ideas about these topics, main points, and conclusions. Use specific references and quotations to support your statements.

Submission Categories

  • Research Articles
  • Book Review

Manuscript submitted in MS word will be accepted for the process. The guidelines are available on the website; the author is responsible to take care of grammatical mistakes and according to the required format of the journal.

Editorial / Review Process
International Journal of Distance Education and E-Learning (IJDEEL) is a double blind peer -reviewed journal which will be published twice a year

Submission Process: Only the electronic submissions in MS-Word format are accepted and should be sent to the journal’s e-mail address through file attachment.

Submission Deadline: Authors can send their papers throughout the year and these will be considered for the publication in subsequent issues of the journal.