Some of you may know or know of Barry Hunter. He has been around for a long time and was on the front page of Author's Den a couple of week ago. Mr. Hunter mostly reviewed SF/F novels, but not exclusively. He served and contributed to Literature from the old school: no artificial paid reviews, honest (if your work sucked for air he would say so), and he was very prolific. I'm not sure if he reviewed any self-published titles, but he did review some ebooks when that industry took off. Reader reviews and their star ratings have been irrelevant to his work. In my opinion, Mr. Hunter knows the difference between good and bad literature within a cultural rather than economic perspective. To the best of my knowledge, he never gave pointers to a bad writer on how to improve, which, again in my opinion, would be in conflict with the concept of an independent review (as well as a common scam and a waste of a true book reviewer's time)..
If you would like to thank Mr. Hunter for his contribution to literature and wish him well: