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Initial post: Jul 24, 2013 1:30:34 PM PDT
Tahoe Dave says:
I've noticed that there are many 5 star reviews that are only a sentence or two and contain similar gushing comments such as "Great Read", "Real page turner", "So-and-So has done it again", etc. These seem more like the work of paid publicists than real readers who actually back up their rating with a discussion of the book. How can these shills be weeded out?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 1:32:58 PM PDT
Tahoe Dave - When you figure that out, let us know. Many authors pay people to review their books or have every friend/family member review their books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 1:34:24 PM PDT
Not to mention the fact that a book will have like a dozen reviews within 24 hours of being put up on Amazon, and ALL of them will be, of course, 5-stars.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 1:37:54 PM PDT
It's almost as if they take a laptop to a bar, buy a round of drinks, and have every goofball in the joint write a review.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 1:48:07 PM PDT
Debi says:
Reviews haven't been worth reading for years IMO. One of my personal favorites "It was life changing" I think it was a mystery that was not too bad, but life changing?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 1:49:03 PM PDT
This. This must be it.

A Book Bar Bash.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 1:53:18 PM PDT
Hey, maybe we could open a bar just for this purpose?

The Shill Hangout?
A Reader's Nightmare Bar & Grill?
The Drunken Reviewer on the Corner?

They have to pay extra for the whirligigs. *~*

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 1:53:31 PM PDT
You can't simply go by the average number of stars. You have to actually look at the reviews. The ones like you describe are worthless to me so I ignore them. Also worthless are the 1 and 2 star reviews that simply say " worst book ever" or " hated it". A review has to tell me why it was good or why it was bad.

If a book doesn't have any actual reviews, I don't buy it. Well, unless it's from one of my favorite authors.

Authors with a bunch of fake 5 star reviews go on my do not buy list. As you pointed out it's pretty easy to tell the fakes from the real reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 1:54:39 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I'm not sure it's realistic to assume that those are all shills. Probably some are and some aren't. I'd be surprised if a lot of people didn't write reviews like that as their honest reaction on reading a book.

Amazon sends out an occasional request for reviews and I often get those well after I've read the book. If the book is fresh in my mind and I'm excited about it I'll give my thoughts on why. But if it's in reaction to a request for a book I read a few weeks ago and that I remember liking but don't feel qualified any longer to say why, I might write a review like that. More likely I'll just ignore the request but that will depend on my mood when I get it.

It might be that those requests are the reason for a lot of those reviews. I don't know.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 1:57:16 PM PDT
Whether they are shills or not, if the review doesn't tell me WHY then it doesn't help me much.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 2:00:17 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I agree. I'm rarely interested in whether a reader liked the book. I read reviews to learn something about the book that's, hopefully, more trustworthy than the marketing blurb.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 2:08:49 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
Exactly. "ZOMG!!!111!1 This is teh bestest book evar!!1!!" is as useless to me as "This isn't fit to line a birdcage."

It's not whether any particular reader liked or disliked a book, it's what they liked or disliked. I may dislike what someone else liked, or like what someone else disliked.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 2:11:49 PM PDT
I usually get more pertinent information from the 2, 3 and 4 star reviews. As in most things in life, the extremes on both ends of the spectrum are usually emotion based.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 3:13:20 PM PDT
life is too short to waste time on bad books or on Amazon reviews.
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