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Amazon Glitch

A recent glitch at Amazon shows how the review system is abused by people who have a vested interest in boosting sales with a positive review. Happily, the article mentions this:

Many prolific reviewers speculate that Harriet Klausner, 55, who has long reigned as No. 1, cannot possible read all the books she reviews. In a telephone interview, Klausner, in turn, accused the No. 2 reviewer of getting people to vote for him and against her in a “desperate attempt to be No. 1.”

Me-ow! It’s about time someone noticed. And, in my opinion, it is not speculation. It’s cold, hard math.

About John DeNardo (13013 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on Amazon Glitch

  1. So now, the Amazon reviews and the concommittant stars are, essentially, useless. You never know when a good review by an anonymous poster is from the author’s friends, family, himself, or even his dog. Same thing for the bad reviews. I usually choose something based on the description and not the reviews any way….

  2. I don’t buy fiction books based on reviews – who knows my taste but me anyway.

    As for non-fiction reference books, I would read a review to get an idea of what people though of – as a tool, does it do the job. I also read and pay attention to reviews for tools, toys, etc. It’s obvious when somebody is fawning though – you just ignore those reviews.

    John – you HAVE to write the HK rant though – you have a lot of ammunition already.

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