Their reviews are “deal breakers” for me. If they’re 3.5 stars and above, there’s a good possibility I will get the item. If it’s bellow that, there’s no chance in hell I’m risking international shipping to own a piece of rubbish—be it a book, a computer, a camera or a hunky male slave. :P
I was surprised to hear rumors that not everyone feels the way I do about Amazon reviews. There are claims that some (most?) of these comments are fake. The gushing ones are supposed to be written by the same authors that penned the novels they are reviewing, and the bad ones are made up by “evil” writers who want to trash their competition.
Amazon.com wields a huge amount of influence in the publishing industry. By some accounts 25% of all books are sold by Amazon.com. That’s incredible market share.
If you’ve been in the book writing game more than a week, then you are probably aware that some authors post fake reviews to their books and their competitor’s books. Its an ugly truth that is rarely spoken about.
Is this all true? I don’t really know, or care that much to be honest LOL. I tried to find tangible evidence of authors doing this and came up with nada—though that might be because Amazon isn’t really that good at keeping track of who writes what in their “ratings and ranting” section.
When a book is sold on Amazon.com anyone can post a review about it whether they read it or not. All you need to do is create an account on Yahoo or Hotmail and then create a new Amazon.com account with that e-mail address. You can be a Fred Smith, Barney Rubble, or anyone you want—you can even impersonate someone. Amazon.com doesn’t seem to care. It’s a prefect set up for fraud, and for people with no scruples it represents a simple way to pump up their own ratings while knocking down their competitors.
It is true that these reviews influence millions of potential buyers and therefore Amazon should take more care in making them as legitimate as possible. But in all honesty, authors going in there and pumping up their ratings or bashing each other doesn’t make me lose one precious minute of sleep. Don’t we see that in cyberworld every single day? Just log on to any book site, bulletin board and/or Yahoo! group, and you’ll most probably find self-promotional pimping by writers all over the place. And then, you’ll notice the other side of the coin as well: readers and writers shredding whichever novel has been unfortunate enough to land on their hands to pieces.
So, who really cares if an author or two (or a hundred for that matter) are writing up a storm in the review section at Amazon? There are probably that same number of people writing nonsensical bad ones! What I really care about are the overall stars a book has, and how many people have reviewed it. If there are 500 reviews, I bloody well doubt that a busy published author is sitting around writing these themselves. So I ask, what exactly is the big issue? As they say in my country: “What is the same for everyone is an advantage to no one.”
And just because I love Amazon reviews so much, especially the funny bad ones, :P I will leave you with my new favorite one. Enjoy. *g*
Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers. *I’ve never actually read this book (and I sooo don’t plan to!), but I find this review so freaking funny I couldn’t help but share. This appears to be a ghastly read LOL, Outlander-like, if you please!*
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK I WARN YOU!
First off, let me say that Ginny was KIDNAPPED by Steve Morgan against her will. ... They get married and i swear, he has sex with atleast 10 other women, while Ginny gets raped about 10 times defending Steve. When Steve finds out about this, he goes on to call her a whore, about 30 times in the whole book, even though she stood up for him! On their wedding night he was off fiddling with a slave girl! Not to mention there are so many questions i have. There are people in the stories brought in, babies, friends, women, and in the next minute they drop of out the scene and you have no idea where they went. Steve IS NOT hero, and this IS NOT a love story. If you want a love story, an actual ROMANCE, then please find other authors.
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