W.W. Exactly. The reviews should not be, or at the least dont have to be, content alone. I have given a very poor review based ona binding before. I paid over $30 US for a hardcover edition and the pages came loose and began to fall out as I read the book for the first time. Content, price, and yes even binding quality are all fair game for review in my opinion.
Where else to complain about an Amazon product if not on Amazon? It's not a question of affordability, but of fair pricing. The ebook is ridiculously overpriced. The hardcover can be picked up considerably cheaper at a grocery store. "This is too expensive" is a perfectly valid comment of any product for sale. If you want to read reviews of the story, uninfluenced by price, go to Goodreads.
Customers don't need reviews to know what the price of an item is. I read reviews to determine things that aren't immediately obvious from the product page--an assessment of the book's quality. A cheap binding is worth commenting on, although I would hope that's not the whole review. Reviews complaining about the price that I am already aware of are superfluous and unhelpful.
Sadly, while Goodreads avoids price complaints, many of its top reviews for this book are gif-laden gushing about how excited people were that Rowling has a new book out. Not helpful either.
Reviews complaining about the price may not be aimed at potential readers of the book, but at Amazon. If two hundred reviewers give a book one star without even reading it, it's got to be a sign that SOMETHING's wrong.
What is really mysterious is why so many people care so deeply about this novel's rating. Why should they worry so much how many stars it ends up with?
Exactly. Force Unleashed two's death happened because it cost fifty dollars and only had a few levels. People didn't complain about the levels, just the fact that they were that expensive. Must have worked, because I bought it for ten dollars recently.
Virtually no one reviews a book he or she hasn't read; what you really mean is "a book you haven't finished." It is perfectly appropriate to give a 1 star review to a book that isn't worth the time it takes to read - provided you have read enough to form a reasonable opinion. It is not necessary for wine drinker to consume an entire bottle to judge the quality.
Complaining about the price when the binding fell apart, or complaining about the price when you found you greatly disliked the book is one thing. There are people who are complaining about price without purchasing or reading the books and that is their review. I myself have had books that have broken at the spine before. Unfortunatly, they were also textbooks I needed for the school year.
Evaluating whether a novel is "worth" the price is.... subjective, and anyway the only way to do it well is to evaluate the book's quality. A bad book isn't worth the time whether it's priced at $0.50 or $35. As for good books, how much people are willing to spend varies widely, so my thoughts on whether a book is "worth" $20 don't necessarily mean anything to someone else. One person might think $20 is fine as long as she doesn't hate the book, while another is only willing to spend that much if he absolutely loves it and expects to keep it forever and re-read it every year. Many people look at Amazon reviews not because they're planning on buying at Amazon at all, but to decide whether they want to read the book at all--and then borrow it from the library or a friend or buy it at a used book sale. Or from individuals selling their used copies on Amazon for a lower price. All of these people want to know whether a book is good, which is what reviews are for. Very few of them want to know whether some random person thinks it's worth $20. Books aren't like cookware or iPhone cases.
On Amazon, books are exactly the same as cookware or iPhone cases. They are merely things being offered for sale. You would not hesitate to give a one-star review for a frying pan priced at $300. If Amazon puts a ridiculous price on anything, including a book, it should expect a flood of complaints in the form of one-star reviews. There is no other way of recording a complaint. Again, the absurdity here is that people with no stake in the book worry about its rating to the extent that they insult people who rate it poorly. Do they imagine that the author is their friend?
the problem is that AMAZON doesnt actually set the price of the book, the publishers do. they set the price at 35 bucks, and amazon discounted it. however they can only discount it so far, without it being a huge profit loss.