Are Amazon Evaluations Bogus?

Interesting and lively conversation lately on Goodreads.com seeing those terrific stars monitoring the bestselling novels.

Neil (of”Shut Up and Read”) began everything in December 2013 when he ranted, “Are all Amazon reviews bogus??? … Some reviews are so obviously fake, shills, they must think the readers are stupid… ”

Back in January, having read the articles and feeling quite strongly about it myself awarded the level to which I’d worked to find any stars in any way, noticed that I place read testimonials usually a few rated 5, but also depended upon the reduced graded for a few fantastic insight to the publication. I believed that the book descriptions do not always accurately describe the publication and the name could be deceiving.

I love frank and in bewertungen kaufen for your manuscripts I’ve printed for my own grandfather and also attempt to be quite honest in my reviews of these novels I’ve readand I’ve read a number of this past year; a few great –some maybe not so. In light of the time necessary to compose a nice review on the novels I thoroughly like, I would rate but won’t spend the opportunity to critique one I did not care for. I guess many do exactly the same, though in reading the testimonials left by other people, usually locate a consensus of the exact same a couple of stars I gave affirming my ruling of this publication.

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My difficulty here is that when I do not leave a review to the book I did not care for (and that appears to be the standard ), the writer is deprived of those issues I sensed. The same is true for the novels I’ve printed –I did not know the reasons behind a two-star evaluation which left me wondering how to correct a problem I’m unaware is. Obviously it is difficult to really publish those unpleasant words for somebody else understanding the blood, sweat, and tears which include a manuscript. Since Ken from Goodreads composed… “I’ll read the bad reviews first and see if they have anything valid to say. You can usually tell if it’s real. Sometimes a bad review will complain about something that I consider an attribute and that’s makes me want to read the book. I don’t really trust 5-star reviews any more.”

Leonie additional… “I now don’t want to have all high star reviews, because it makes people suspicious that all my reviewers are friends…”

Alana said… “Probably about 70% or more of what I read is self-published/Indie author at this point.”

Judy noted… “… wary of self-published. Too many aren’t well written or edited. But lately I’ve read such awful stuff that was traditionally published that now I *always* download a sample before parting with any money.” *

*Yes, completely free samples–like provided by both Smashwords and Amazon Kindle, as well as most eBook sales outlets.

L.A. published… “Unlike some reviewers I don’t destroy the book or base my grading system if I find grammatical errors. Everyone has them no matter how many times a book has gone through the editing process.” (Thank you!)

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But is the debate meant for self-published writers or novels printed through the major box publishing houses? I am often sent offers of novels for electronic downloading touting 130 (or much more ) five-star Amazon reviews. Authors of notice pencil a brief, glowing recommendation, it is a #1 New York Times bestseller, award recipient, also contains reports of over 300 five-star Goodreads evaluations. But wait–did not Amazon purchase out Goodreads?! Are these celebrities, evaluations, and reviews contrived? How can you get out that lots of men and women?

Examine the online now and you’re very likely to see that a fresh Author Earnings report indicates”that self-published books now represent 31 percent of eBook sales on Amazon’s Kindle Store”–and also self-published writers earn nearly 40 percent of their shop’s royalties. Further, that novels by the Big Five publishers accounts for just 16 percent of those names on Amazon’s bestseller list. Okay–but it is not exactly the New York Times bestsellers list. So where do they come out? (Rankings reflect sales reported by sellers offering a broad array of general interest titles. The earnings venues for print publications incorporate independent publication retailers; regional, national and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers… E-book positions reflect sales from major online sellers of e-books in an assortment of favorite e-reader formats.) So my question becomes: How much weight is given, in view of hefty discounts and promos, by one* (of them ) sellers and are they driving evaluations with offers that are free?

I really don’t understand –but I really do believe that the perceived price of publishers will probably continue to diminish as the proportion of Indie writers raises. The self-publishers are learning how to print like the pros and are rapidly asserting the joys of self-publishing; not the least of which can be significantly improved royalty prices. According to everything you discover on the world wide web, self-published eBooks will account for 50% of eBook sales by 2020.

The question remains–will all these Indie writers garner celebrities and do not you want stars to market books? Relatives and friends can not provide all them. Then I guess we’re right back to this question of promotion and marketing! For self-published writers afterward, it may very well be the question of a Excellent social networking network–unless You’ve Got the cash…”

 

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