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Old 02-23-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Thumbs down The negative reviews have started on Amazon.

I noticed that all the spammers and trolls have taken up residence on the Kindle 2 product page and have started giving 1 star reviews for a product they don't even own.

I especially like the guy who hates the Kindle 2 because it doesn't have integrated solar power or a color screen for under $100.
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:18 PM   #2
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I noticed that all the spammers and trolls have taken up residence on the Kindle 2 product page and have started giving 1 star reviews for a product they don't even own.

I especially like the guy who hates the Kindle 2 because it doesn't have integrated solar power or a color screen for under $100.
what ? are you saying that's unreasonable ?
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:20 PM   #4
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:21 PM   #5
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I especially like the guy who hates the Kindle 2 because it doesn't have integrated solar power or a color screen for under $100.
User reviews are nothing more than someones opinion. You know what they say, they are like, er.... well everyone has one. And, he is entitled to his.

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Old 02-23-2009, 03:43 PM   #6
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And it is very easy to read these reviews and know when someone is being serious or stupid. And the reviews based on nothing at all are the stupid ones.
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:07 PM   #7
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I'm ready to hear some real reviews on the Kindle 2. I just used a friends K1 over the weekend and was really impressed by it. I want to buy one, but I want to see the K2 first.
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:13 PM   #8
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Nobody seems to mind the positive reviews by people who don't have a Kindle II yet
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:18 PM   #9
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User reviews are nothing more than someones opinion. You know what they say, they are like, er.... well everyone has one. And, he is entitled to his.

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Yes, but other people are entitled to their opinion of his opinion; and you're entitled to your opinion of their opinion of his opinion; and I'm entitled to my opinion of your opinion of their opinion of his opinion.
... it's just that I don't have one.
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:23 PM   #10
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One reason I cannot give a 5 star rating is because of the DRM (digital rights management). When you purchase a Kindle book, you don't actually own it like you do with a paper book. Part of the charm of paper books is that after you are done reading them, you can give them to a family member or a friend. Or you can sell it used. With Kindle books, you cannot do this and are pretty much stuck. Even though you have paid for the book, you cannot give it to a friend or sell it when you are finished reading it. There are few books that I need or want to keep after reading so consider the price you pay for Kindle books to be more of a rental fee, rather than a purchase.
I'm amazed at how many people think this.

With a paperback, there is wear and tear. With a digital copy, there would be no difference between a used or new copy. Why would anybody pay more if you could buy a used copy for cheaper or chip in a dollar and start a book train with multiple people?
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:42 PM   #11
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I'm amazed at how many people think this.

With a paperback, there is wear and tear. With a digital copy, there would be no difference between a used or new copy. Why would anybody pay more if you could buy a used copy for cheaper or chip in a dollar and start a book train with multiple people?
meh, the "wear and tear" argument is only valid to a certain point. i've seen used books that probably had never been read. i've also seen used books that looked like they had been through a war. resale of ebooks is problematic because it implies copying the file, and therefore potentially copyright infringement, but i still have to agree that we lose some rights we should legitimately have as purchasers of content (including the "first sale" doctrine).
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:46 PM   #13
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I wonder if there's any way Amazon could let you know which reviewers actually purchased the product from them? That would help a lot.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:24 PM   #14
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The trolls are slow to get to Amazon...

cNet has had their page up for easily two weeks and the bogus "reviews" have been there since the page went live...
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:55 PM   #15
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I just think of it this way, everyone who won't buy one just frees up one for me! Woo Hoo!
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