Authors Posting Reviews: Tsk, Tsk, Tsk


As I've always suspected, authors are posting their own reviews on Amazon. It's that anon thing -- gets you ever time. Of course, they justify their actions because anonymous folks get to say bad things about their books and they need to defend themselves (the other side of the anon coin).

For the record (although how can you really trust a statement like this?), I never post reviews on my own books and I always put my name on any review or feedback I give of any kind. I do shamelessly ask for reviews when I get emails about my book, but at least I'm open about it. : )

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I knew it, I also suspect they get a few buddies to post nice things too.

Cant blame them though, they're only trying to promote their books.

Of course you dont need to stoop so low Chris cos all your books are guarenteed 5 stars anyway ;)

Saturday, Feb 14, 2004, 12:12 PM


Given my current situation - where I've made more money via donations for freeware than I have through book sales - I can say that I've felt the temptation to post my own review, but never bothered to do it. Nice to know laziness has saved an embarrassing moment for change.

Saturday, Feb 14, 2004, 2:40 PM

G. Andrew Duthie:

For my first book, someone involved in the production of the book posted a positive review (not anonymously, but did not disclose their ties to the book, either), and I was not happy about it. I'd rather suffer through crappy reviews than succeed on the basis of fraud.

Some people don't think it's a big deal, or justify it with a simple "everyone does it." I don't, and I wish others wouldn't. Either that, or Amazon should just dump the anonymity of reviews entirely. Anonymity has its advantages, but freeing people from any responsibility for what they say isn't one in my book.

Saturday, Feb 14, 2004, 5:52 PM

Douglas Reilly (my REAL name<g>).:

Amazon reviews have been the bane of my existance ever since I started writing books. The fact of the matter is that in at least a couple of cases, marketing material from the publisher led the reviewer to be ticked off that the book did not have a topic covered that he thought would be in there (based upon information on the site that Amazon got from the publisher prior to publication). I also have a business associate (outside of the computer biz) who sent me what was essentially a form letter that I imagine he sent to at least dozens of folks asking us all to give good reviews of his book, whether we had read it or not. Amazing.

I also have encouraged folks who have told me they liked one of my books to place a review, but have never gone any farther than that. Even that makes me feel a little creepy.

I paid more attention to reviews before I was an author. While not always the case, often 5 star reviews are more tied to the networking skills of the author than the content of the book.

Note that I HAVE written stellar reviews of at least one of your books, Chris, just cause it was a really great book. And I do generally post reviews of books I really like (using my real name). But I do take them with a grain of salt these days.

Saturday, Feb 14, 2004, 6:00 PM

Stephane Rodriguez:

Aahhhh!! names. If there was such thing as true identities on the net, then people would be so much afraid of posting that you would end up with no review posts at all.

Welcome to the web by the way, a network where, by design, it's simply not possible to trust anyone's identity.

Expecting reviews from what you are trying to sell is an egocentric and arrogant thing. The web already provides you with the unique opportunity get seen by anyone in the connected world without paying a penny nor moving an inch. So what, want fries with that?

By the way, I think that convergence of numbers often shows some truth worth mentioning.

Less than 5 reviews? Don't even read them, they are probably biased and subject to a love/hate system. (just like article voting)

More than 20? Now it becomes of interest. And as the number grows, it shows really whether it's worth one's attention and money, or really not.

Sunday, Feb 15, 2004, 12:41 AM

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