WHY REVIEWS ON AMAZON AND GOODREADS CAN BE MISLEADING

by Tony Flood

Some people say that unless a book has a lot of reviews they will not buy it. But I believe they can often be misled by using this criteria and may miss out on some really great books!

The problem is that sites such as #Amazon and #Goodreads, while excellent in many respects, sometimes cause #confusion by putting up three or four versions of the SAME book. A lot of authors experience this, and it is the case with my celebrity revelations MY LIFE WITH THE STARS, fantasy adventure THE SECRET POTION and spicy crime thriller TRIPLE TEASE.

Reviewers may not have time to copy their review on all four versions, so one version could have up to 20 reviews and another version have only two or three.

Those potential readers looking at a book may click on the version with only two or three reviews and never be aware that the same book has 20 more reviews elsewhere on the site.

Another possible flaw when readers just go on the number of reviews is they may not take into consideration that a book has been given loads of #five-star ratings by people who did not have time to post a review as well as a rating.

This is worth considering if the book you are looking at appeals to you.

I also suggest you look on authors’ websites to get a better idea. You can check out mine at www.celebritiesconfessions.com and www.fantasyadventurebooks.com

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