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Are you a "Ratings" snob? I think I am...

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Initial post: Jun 2, 2012 7:01:37 PM PDT
L. Johnson says:
I have noticed myself over the past year disregarding books that have 3.5 or fewer stars. And the books that haven't had any reviews done so therefore no stars to rate them---I rarely feel confident enough to commit to a purchase. Even the free ones! I irritate myself over this, because free is free, and all I have to do is delete the book if I don't like it. But I'm still hesitant to get a free book that has no rating stars yet. I find myself looking at the stars, and then how many people people reviewed the book to get that rating. A 4 star book reviewed by 100 people is better than a 5 star book reviewed by only 3 people. And I know reviews should only be taken with a grain of salt as many people (at least in my opinion) over rate books. But I still like to read reviews (especially the low-rated ones) to get a feel of what the book is really about, since the plot descriptions are sometimes worthless themselves.

So how about you? Do you rely on reviews and ratings when getting a book? Or are you happy with books with no or low ratings? I feel I've limited myself and am missing a lot of potentially good books, but still can't bring myself to lower my self-imposed standards. I know---snob for sure...

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 8:41:29 PM PDT
ME to TN says:
I do look at the reviews before getting a book. If it's a new release and no review yet, I will put it on my Amazon wish list and check periodically to see if it's worth the read. I have a ton of free or cheap books on my Kindle now and figure I will never live long enough to read them all with the rate of new releases as well. So I tend to be a little more picky with what I read. I do still have a problem with not finishing a book once it is started. I try to give it a good shot. I also try to put reviews on Amazon, even a short one for a book good or bad to maybe help the next reader.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 8:43:10 PM PDT
Cap786 says:
You're not alone. I never make a blind purchase, and rely on this forum, as well as reviews when deciding on a book. It's also hard for me to purchase a book (even free as well) if it has less than 4 stars unless I have read the author's work previously and would buy it regardless of the reviews.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 11:25:13 PM PDT
NathalieM says:
Hey, I'm in the same boat than u Cap786! (ppl have different taste so we won't read the same books so to each its own :)

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 11:30:35 PM PDT
misty9 says:
No I rarely look at reviews before buying a book. I depend on the synopsis, and the author.
I've found that Amazon has a lot of 5star reviews on books that were 2star or DNF for me.
Is it because I'm too picky or do the authors have friends and relatives give stars galore?
Either way, the reviews mean very little to me.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 6:28:14 PM PDT
I look at a combo of Amazon and Goodreads reviews, and base the majority of my reading choices on what people whose opinions are often similar to mine are reading!

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 7:13:46 PM PDT
SheReadsALot says:
Am I ratings snob? No. Sometimes books will be rated low on amazon and high on goodreads and vice versa. It sucks when crappy writers have high ratings because their family and friends help them out and give them stellar reviews for dog poo. I usually will read the blurb and go from them.

Besides, sometimes I like trashy writing. Depends on my mood. Also my fave books are ones that don't even have ratings...I give my honest reviews on those.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 9:05:45 AM PDT
D. Stom says:
I only find myself ignoring a review if it's by HK, the author or a relative/friend/publisher co employee/agent of author.

Otherwise, reviews are generally helpful, if for no other reason than to determine whether the reviewer operates at anything over a 2nd grade level.
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