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Initial post: Aug 21, 2012 7:37:32 AM PDT
Arlene Ellis says:
How can I be sure the author isn't just having friends write reviews? I have seen titles receive 10-14 reviews and all 4 stars with no critical comments.
Can that really be the case?

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 8:41:18 PM PDT
You need to be very careful with reviews; learn how to distinguish which may not appear legit. The more reviews you read, the better you will become at judging.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 4:45:24 PM PDT
lawra says:
read the 1 and 2 star reviews only and then decide if you really want to give it a shot, that's what I do

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 9:36:50 PM PDT
I actually find the three-star reviews to usually be the least biased and most balanced ones of the lot. They're not bad, so they aren't bashers or people with a grudge or agenda, and they're not good, so they aren't going to be friends or fans trying to bump up the reviews. You can often tell whether the others are real or not, but I always start with the three-star reviews and go from there.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 4:39:58 PM PDT
JT says:
If there are all 4 or 5 star reviews, and most are at time of publishing, and most are superficial ("great book, I enjoyed reading it") with no meat, chances are its the publishers employees. Or the authors friends. You can also check their other reviews. Many of them will only have the one review. It is really hard to see what is legit, and what is not on Amazon reviews. I read the good and the bad. If there are no bad, I take it as a sign the author or publisher is faking the reviews.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 11:28:59 AM PDT
Look for detailed reviews that show the person has actually read the book, from people who have a number of reviews published. (Of course, some people go overboard a bit; for example, I myself just put up a review that was over 2000 words!) You can also look for "top 1000 reviewer" indicators, since those people have a history of leaving helpful reviews.

Sometimes a book with only 5-star reviews really is that good.
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