A non profit group is responding to the news of an official product placement in a YA novel by contacting 305 book reviewers and urging them to boycott the title.
And bloggers are responding to the response.
I have two thoughts on all this:
1. I don't think books with product placement should be boycotted. It's a free country, we have freedom of speech. I do think, however, that absolutely everyone should know about it. Such works are marketing devices in addition to whatever else they may be. Readers should be aware that they are being marketed to. They should be able to make judgments about such marketing just as they make judgments about commercials they see on TV.
2. There are 305 book reviewers?