5 comments on “Mini-Rant yet mostly reflection.

  1. There should be an option for not considering the reviews at all, but basing the choice to read upon the description/blurb.

  2. I would have Edward except it was outside the scope of the question. The question in it’s most basic is at what numbers level do we begin to view the reviews and ratings as false.

  3. Can’t participate in the poll because it isn’t about numbers for me. Rather, it’s the quality of the reviews themselves. (Yes, I actually read them. Not all, but I definitely spot-check throughout the time period.) I mostly don’t care about positive or negative categories regarding book reviews. That’s because one person’s “positive” (let’s say, sex scenes) might be a negative for me. Or maybe someone has down-rated a book because of a critique of battle scenes which I don’t really care about. I read the reviews to see if my likes/dislikes line up with the reviewer’s.

    Fair disclosure: I’m an Amazon Vine Voice and I got that way by doing a lot of reviews. I don’t get paid for reviews and I no longer get freebies as part of the Vine program (my choice). I only review stuff I’ve actually purchased and used/read. For the most part, I don’t review books. I’m an extremely picky reader and probably 80% of my reviews would be negative so I don’t feel that’s fair to authors. Additionally, writing negative reviews usually hurts your standing as a reviewer — not that I care about that any more, but it is a fact — which may be another reason why positive reviews are more prevalent. For example, the first time I reviewed a book, I eviscerated it and gave plenty of examples of my problems with the book. The result was my worst-rated review of all time. (Not sure if the author sent her goons to down-vote but I prefer to surmise that it’s just something inherent in negative reviews.)

    So…. it’s a complicated question with no straight answers easily categorized in a 3-choice poll. 🙂

  4. The question is really straight forward. It is merely asking where in the number spectrum you would start to question whether fraudulent or inflated reviews are starting to accumulate. It is not meant as a judgement just a purely academic and statistically based exercise. You would expect something put out by the big 6 to have tons (same definition as in the post) of rants, reviews and ratings. Those sources have herds (similar loose definition as tons) of minions poised to generate as much buzz as possible to please stock-holders, boards and CEOs. When similar huge numbers start to hit Indie and Self-pubs I really start to wonder…

    I have already stated that I tend to find something positive in anything I read to completion and I always post the reviews I write. If I didn’t like something and can find no redeeming qualities then it gets the review of silence to reduce the ‘buzz-carry’ effect.

    The 3 choice poll represents the entire number spectrum to where a person’s disbelief resides.

  5. Let me clear something up about the poll. If your answer is that you don’t care or give any credence to the reviews and ratings that would place your answer at less than 50. If you read the reviews, notice ratings, then you have an answer to when your BS detector starts alarming and it lives somewhere on that spectrum.

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