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Old 07-21-2012, 02:15 PM   #46
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There seem to be very suspicious author review groupings - maybe these authors did all come from the same writing group or creative writing course or something - but they must be a bit silly to think that reviewing each others books constantly, and consistently high, isn't going to look suspicious.
I'm one of those people who always reads the Author Acknowledgements in a book, so I always laugh when I see a glowing review from someone who was listed in them. I usually leave a comment mentioning that.
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:39 PM   #47
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I'm one of those people who always reads the Author Acknowledgements in a book, so I always laugh when I see a glowing review from someone who was listed in them. I usually leave a comment mentioning that.
Having 61 reviews on my book, and of course having read them all, there are are several that are factually incorrect about stating the contents of the book. In several cases I wonder if they even read the whole book, or retained any of what they did read. In some cases the reviewer comes back with a comment on a technical point, and their response is factually incorrect, apparently basing their "knowlege" on something they heard someone say and not on actual research.

With that in mind, I take all of the reviews on amazon with a grain of salt and look more for the overall trend of the reviews. Kind of like news stories - have you ever read a story about some incident that you were intimately familiar with and discovered that the news reporter got it wrong, or missed some information that they should have had? I have on three occasions. Now I read news stories with a large bucket of salt.
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:37 PM   #48
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I'm one of those people who always reads the Author Acknowledgements in a book, so I always laugh when I see a glowing review from someone who was listed in them. I usually leave a comment mentioning that.
You might be the only person in history that has ever read them... at least judging by my readership LOL
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:35 AM   #49
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Did you contact Amazon to ask why?
I asked Readers Favorite and they told me Amazon was removing all their reviews.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:08 AM   #50
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You got to laugh about these reviews.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:07 AM   #51
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The Amazon review system is being heavily gamed. I have posted about it before, on Amazon as well as other places. There is an organisation called "Freelancer com" that among other things, allows people to request and receive paid reviews at the rate of fifty for fifty dollars. An individual who specialises in doing this will have (and advertise the fact) fifty different Amazon accounts and boilerplate review scripts. It is commonplace on Freelancer for people to hire other people to do this. It is about time Amazon did something about it - their review system is a joke.
Hi DarkScribe. My name is Max and I work for Freelancer.com. I actively look for online sites, blogs and communities that discuss Freelancer.com and I came across your post here. We appreciate the feedback. I'd like to inform you that Freelancer.com is an outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business. Please visit our site to know more. I've taken note of your post here and we will look into these kinds of projects. Thank you.
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