Originally Posted by AnemicOak
That some self pubbed authors buy reviews just like some trad pubbed authors (& publishers) have been known to do.
This sounds interesting, but I don't want to see people unfairly attacked on the basis of weak evidence.
Do you have any reputable mainstream links, standing the test of time, that document this scandal?
The closest my own web search found is this from 2009:
Medical Publisher Offers Bribes for Writing Favorable Book Reviews
The only review for the new book Clinical Psychology found on the Amazon.com site gave it only one star, not five, explaining the low rating as follows:
“Elsevier publishing’s marketing department offered financial compensation in exchange for 5 star reviews of this book. Please be wary of reviews posted for this book.”
According to Amazon.com, “27 of 27 people found [this] review helpful.”