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Old 09-04-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Crime writer faking Amazon Reviews

Not sure if someone posted this already ... but there you go ...

http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=17143005
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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yes, the shit has hit the fan all over about writers these days.

But really, isn't that behaviour the standard? Astroturfing, slamming competitors on forums, etc.

I can remember Isaac Newton slamming Leibniz about Calculus.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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I can remember Isaac Newton slamming Leibniz about Calculus.
You remember that? You must be reallllllllly old... ;P
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:28 PM   #4
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You remember that? You must be reallllllllly old... ;P
Newton was just jealous of Leibniz' brand new shiny parchment codex. Ever since apple hit him hard in the head, he had this bizarre obsession over overpriced scrolls...
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:44 PM   #5
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But really, isn't that behaviour the standard? Astroturfing, slamming competitors on forums, etc.

With this logic, we can stop discussing anything.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:05 PM   #6
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A crime writer using fraudulent methods to make his stuff sound better? I guess that makes sense, somehow. Since he got caught, I can't imagine that the crimes in his works have been very intricate.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:11 PM   #7
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Obviously, the fake review thing isn't as easy as John Locke made it out to be.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:47 PM   #8
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This one's a lot more scummier than what Locke did. He's no better than the people on Ebay who buy from competitors just to trash their ratings.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:24 PM   #9
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Few weeks ago I wanted to buy a MSQL performance book. It was weird that the book had perfect reviews and those reviewers they all had same nationality. Weekday a coincidence, lol ...

Well, I checked each, and all of them. They reviewed the same author and on all instances, 5 stars.

It was clear to me that the author paid for those or somehow, he asked relatives or friends to write the fake reviews.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:20 PM   #10
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If Amazon wants me to give even the slightest credence to their customer reviews, here's what they can do:

-- Require all customer reviews to be signed with the review author's name and town.

-- Only allow reviews by reviewers who have had packages successfully delivered to their name and address

Getting back to the OP, has anyone mentioned that this crime author is published by a big six imprint?

The problem is with the Amazon review system, not with who is, or is not, the publisher.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:12 AM   #11
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If Amazon wants me to give even the slightest credence to their customer reviews, here's what they can do:

-- Require all customer reviews to be signed with the review author's name and town.
A lot of people are reluctant to use their real name.
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-- Only allow reviews by reviewers who have had packages successfully delivered to their name and address
And there are a lot of helpful reviews (although perhaps more for devices rather than books) who bought things elsewhere.
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Getting back to the OP, has anyone mentioned that this crime author is published by a big six imprint?
True. But it's not like he or his publisher bought 300 fake reviews. This guy did it himself, and kind of amateurishly.

Although I am surprised that someone as relatively successful as this author stooped to this level.
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The problem is with the Amazon review system, not with who is, or is not, the publisher.
Yeah, I like that they're banning fake reviews; but it's obvious they need to do a little more. Maybe only allow authors to publish reviews under their own name.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:25 AM   #12
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I guess I'm a bit naive but I didn't realize authors had rivalries. I wonder who the "rivals" of my favorite authors are.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:27 AM   #13
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If Amazon wants me to give even the slightest credence to their customer reviews, here's what they can do:

-- Require all customer reviews to be signed with the review author's name and town.

-- Only allow reviews by reviewers who have had packages successfully delivered to their name and address

Getting back to the OP, has anyone mentioned that this crime author is published by a big six imprint?

The problem is with the Amazon review system, not with who is, or is not, the publisher.
You have got to be kidding about using real names and towns. There are some seriously mentally I'll people who prowl Amazons reviews.

Amazons review system and tagging just plain sucks. Authors and fellow reviewers alike are abusive and predatory with Amazon turning a blind eye. Tagging has made it so you have to dig through pages of things you are not looking for to find anything. If I search for a specific book series by a specific author, I get all sorts of books that I am not interested in. Or search for a Cole Haan cover for my DX and get cover that either are not Cole Haan or even for the DX.

Since Amazon started charging sales tax for my state, there is no more incentive to even deal with their broken system. I leave it to the loonies and cyberstalked.
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I thought it was about the rounded corners?

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