Online Book Reviews and the Computational Modelling of Reading Impact

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In online book reviews readers often describe their reading experience and the impression that a book left. The great volume of online reviews makes these reviews a great source for investigating the impact books have on readers. Recently, a reading impact model was introduced that can be used to automatically identify expressions of reading impact in Dutch reviews and that is able categorise them according to emotional impact, aesthetic or narrative feeling, or feelings of reflection. This paper provides an analysis of the characteristics of the book review domain that affect how this computational model identifies impact. We look at features like the length of reviews, the nature of the website on which the review was published, the genre of book and the characteristics of the reviewer. The findings in this paper provide insight in how different selection criteria for reviews can be used to study various aspects of reading impact.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventCHR2020 — Workshop on Computational Humanities Research - DHLab – Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 11 Nov 202012 Nov 2020


WorkshopCHR2020 — Workshop on Computational Humanities Research
Abbreviated titleCHR2020
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  • Digital Literary Studies
  • Reading Impact
  • Online Book Reviews
  • Dataset Characteristics


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