I’ve recently read a disturbing discussion on Goodreads. It seems some readers/reviewers are taking advantage of the ‘glimpse of a book’ opportunity—a growing trend with Amazon reviews. Some people are reviewing books based off the 10% downloaded sample or from the “Look Inside”. The discussion on Goodreads states that a few one-star reviews acknowledge their review is based off the sample. If this is true, it affects the overall star rating.
According to the person who started the discussion, she stated that during a 20-minute browse session on Amazon, she came across five books that received a one-star based off the sample. I spent about 15 minutes and didn’t find any.
If this is truly a trend, and it continues, some of these so-called sample reviewers might not even reveal it’s from the sample. I think it’s horrible that people might want to boost their review stats on Amazon, or people are cheap enough to read samples of books instead of purchasing them. To take the time to give a poor star rating and review of a book you hadn’t read is shameful. Amazon shouldn’t even be allowing such reviews. Reviews are important for all products, especially for Indie Authors who are trying to build an audience.
Have you heard about this new trend? Would you report an Amazon review if you saw it was based off a sample?
Opportunity and Robbery,Bea