DISCLAIMER: I only released my book yesterday. I don’t have any reviews yet, so, as of right now, this post is NOT about any bad reviews I MYSELF have gotten.
First of all, I found this article on Huffington Post:
About amusing flame reviews of classic books on Amazon.
I know there are trolls on Amazon that have nothing better to do than post one-star reviews for whatever reasons, including that a lot of people don’t like Amazon itself (gasp). I was looking at some other reviews of books that I’d bought recently (well, okay, they were free books, but still, they are considered “purchases” from Amazon. They must be, I even get receipts for them!) Many of them had five star or four star reviews. And then, the one star or two star reviews… Many of these reviews are nothing short of specious and ridiculous, but they AREN’T posted by trolls. They’re posted by, presumably, other writers, or readers who “bought” the book when it was offered free, then actually got around to reading them.
Reviews that get me annoyed include:
In the comments section of the article, you may see a comment from a man who had someone give his book a one-star review because their book arrived damaged in the mail!
So, the question needs to be asked: which reviews on Amazon should one pay attention to? I think I need certain criteria, and unfortunately, a lot of people don’t pay as much attention to detail as I do.
Oh, BTW, I’m sometimes a little leery of those “I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review” reviews as well. Not exactly sure why. But if the review seems legit in other ways, then I’ll take it more seriously.
Yes, I suppose I need to be prepared for a negative review or two. But I believe it’s important to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to reviews, not just for my own book but also for ones I’m considering reading as well.