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free book automatically = appreciative review?
on June 23, 2012
Made me smile when I read:
"You can ask your reader who is getting a free book to consider leaving a positive review, or no review at all if they don't like it, which I think is fair. I mean, you gave them a free copy. If you can't say anything nice... don't say anything at all, right?"
I am still on the fence on this issue of "free book = appreciative review" or "friendship=happy review". After all, the free book was given in hopes that I would review it on Amazon. If only positive reviews are included, then the whole Amazon review system is of little value to someone in the decision of spending their hard-earned money. (I know gaming happens but it isn't that hard to spot fake positive reviews for the most part). At the same time, authors are real people with real feelings and everyone deserves to be treated respectfully.
I appreciated the comment about proofreading and also not spamming the link to one's book everywhere. It did bother me that the book isn't really what will be updated, it seems it is the website that will be updated. In the age of monetized clicks, that brought out my inner cynic.
While this little e-book wasn't really a lot of help for me, I agreed with the author that for the technology-challenged, having a vetted list is much better than the mess that can result from a poor Google search. If you fall in that category, at 99 cents or 1.01, it is probably worth it.