RIP Harriet Klausner, The Web's Most Prolific Book Reviewer

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If you’ve ever perused book reviews on Amazon.com, you’ve probably come across a name on just about every novel out there: Harriet Klausner. By the time she passed away on October 15th, she amassed an incredible 31,014 reviews.

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A self-described speed reader, Klausner was a former librarian who tore through four to six books a day. In 2006, Time Magazine listed her as a person of the year who had a significant impact on the information age.

Klausner’s reviews weren’t in any particular depth, but she perfected the art of quickly encapsulating the plot the books that she sped through with a brief recommendation. Her formula seemed to work: she was ranked the #1 reviewer for the site until the reviewing metrics changed, although she retained her #1 spot as a hall of fame member. Her reviews alternatively amused and angered readers and authors who at times questioned whether or not she actually existed.

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Despite her incredible output, it was clear that she was a person who loved books: her last review was published on October 12th, just days before she passed away.

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[Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Home]

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I’m sorry but how could anyone read four to six books a day? 31,014 book reviews? I refuse to believe that anyone could properly read books like that.