Monday, August 19, 2013
Posting Fake Book Reviews At Amazon - A Rant!
1/ People who ask for favorable reviews from people in return for posting the same for them
2/ People who ask for favorable reviews from people in return for some other sort of compensation
3/ Authors who post fake reviews in the guise of other people in order to gain sales rank
Why am I posting on this topic today? Well, to be honest, because it pi**es me off! It makes me mad. As an Indie Author who works hard for what I do, and also supports many other Indie Authors, I don't need this kind of thing ruining my reputation. Once tarnished, always tarnished. All Indie Authors stand and fall by the actions of others.
During the past year I have received a couple of really odd 5 star reviews on my books. They were full of praise for my book. Excellent, I thought. Until I read them in detail. I realized there was no way these people had actually read my books, their review was a mish-mash of other reviews. And so I looked at who these people were. AUTHORS! Quel cheek! Why would another author write an unsolicited weird 5 star review about my book? I slapped my head. Because they were expecting one in return. This was a new experience for me. I had already heard of people asking for reviews, but unsolicited and expectant? New to me.
Anyway, I read a few of these authors' reviews (of their books), and they were a mix of approximately 30% 5 stars, 30% 2 stars, and 30% 1 stars. Hmmm, sounds like the real reviews are the 1's and 2's. Suffice to say, I completely ignored the review of my book (and made a note of the authors). I do not, and will never, subscribe to this kind of practice.
To date, my books haven't received a lot of reviews, and I'm hoping one day they will. But when they do receive reviews, I'd like for each and every one to be from an actual, genuine, reader.