Thursday, August 25, 2011

Amazon Reviews

Although I'm not comfortable reviewing another author's work, I do like reading reviews on Amazon. I typically wait until I'm done with the book before looking at the reviews. It's interesting to see how people can have such wildly different opinions of the same book--and interesting to see why people give books a low number of stars. It doesn't help anyone to downgrade a book for being a different genre than what you expected or for the cost. I seldom see comments about the writer's craft; readers tend to focus more on the characters, story, and ending.

Do you write book reviews on Amazon? Do you find them helpful?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll glance at reviews, but I don't take them too seriously unless they're all bad. I've never reviewed on a book on Amazon, but I have posted a few on Goodreads.

Cherie Reich said...

I do write reviews and post them on Amazon.

I believe they can be helpful. I sometimes read reviews before I purchase an item I'm on the fence about.

I sometimes read the bad reviews after I'm finished with a book. I'm curious to see if they actually pertain to the book or if someone is just writing a bad review.

Briane P said...

I use reviews to help me find books to read -- mostly in Entertainment Weekly; I never read reviews on Amazon to find a book.

But the reviews are spotty -- I bat about 50/50 choosing books from reviews. I chalk that up to 50% of books being terrible.

Bookblogger said...

I do post reviews on Amazon and I read a lot of other people's as well. When I see a book with lots of overly good or bad reviews I check the reviewers. I notice that lots of 1 star reviews come from people who have only written a single review. The same goes for a lot of 5 star reviews if all the reviews come from people who only have one review I disregard them.

Kari Marie said...

I've reviewed one or two on Amazon. I will use the review ratings to decide if I'm interested in reading a book. If the combined number of one, two and three star reviews outnumbers the four and five star reviews, I might take a gander at the reviews just to see what people are saying.

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